A Young Folks' History of the Church
When Joseph managed to get hold of Newel's hand, he became still and spoke to Joseph,
asking him to cast the devil from him.
"If you know that I can, it shall be done," replied Joseph, whereupon he commanded the
evil one in the name of Jesus Christ to depart. Newel became all right again at once, and
was greatly blessed by the Spirit of God. The people present wondered greatly at what
they had seen, and many of them afterwards joined the Church.
This was the first miracle performed in the Church. Jesus had said to his apostles in his
day: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. * * * And these signs shall follow
them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils," etc. Thus we see the same signs
following the believer in our day the same as in the days of the first apostles.
On the first of June, 1830, the first conference, of the Church was held in Fayette. There
were about thirty members present besides many others who came to hear. The Spirit of
God was greatly enjoyed at this meeting. Many prophesied, while others had beautiful
visions of the heavens opened to their eyes.
Topics.—1. Organization of the Church. 2. First meeting, sermon and conference. 3. First
Questions and Review.—1. When and where was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints organized? 2. Name the first six members. 3. What was done at that meeting?
4. How many members are there in the Church today? 5. How did you become a member
of the Church? 6. Describe the first miracle. 7. How was the evil one cast out in former
days? (See Acts 16: 16, 18.) 8. What proof was given that Joseph and his brethren were
true believers. (See Mark 16: 16, 17.) 9. When was the first conference of the Church