Dear Preacher Charles,
I still haven't heard from you, but I know you don't have a chance to get an answer in the mail before I fire off another letter to you and you have to start all over. Things are happening so fast around here that I don't know what to do and I just have to tell somebody about it. I've never been so excited in my life and I don't think there is any way I could get in any more trouble. It sure does seem strange that the same things could make you so excited and happy but also get you in a whole batch of trouble.
Well like I told you last time, I've been studying with Joe Bob Farnsworthy every night and I made the Preacher mad by going over there on Wednesday night. Well, last Sunday night I really got in trouble. Joe Bob called and said he wanted to study again and it's getting to where I enjoy those sessions so much that I just went. Well, first thing Monday morning the Preacher and one of the Elders (the one that really runs things while the other two just kind of go along) was knocking on my door and you could tell by looking at them that they was upset.
Charles, I don't want you to get the wrong idea so I want to tell you right up front that those two men were real nice to me and they were perfect gentlemen the whole time they was here and I really do think a lot of them. The more I think about what they said, though, the stranger it seems to me. They said I was in danger of losing my soul because I was forsaking the assembly and they told me again that I better stop this whole thing with Joe Bob because he was leading me away from the Lord. They wanted me to bring Joe Bob to Church or bring him to talk to the Preacher but I told them he just won't go. I said it seemed like a good thing to me to study God's word with somebody who was eager to study. Well, that Elder said: "You gotta think about the Church! Where would the Church be if everybody did what you are doing?" I told him we just might be a whole lot better off and that's when he almost lost his cool but he got himself under control and they left.
After they left, I kept thinking about that question they asked me. Charles, there's about eighty people go to Church down there and wouldn't it be something if all eighty of them was studying with somebody like I'm studying with Joe Bob? Some way or other it don't seem so bad to leave that building vacant on Sunday night if all the people are out studying with some lost soul about his condition. Now, I hope I am thinking right about that and I'd like to know if you agree with me or do you think I'm crazy like the Preacher said? Why, if there was that much studying going on we would turn this little town upside down. Wouldn't it be something to have eighty new converts in a short time? Now I know you can't be 100 percent successful but that much effort would surely convert more people this year than we have converted in the last ten.
Well, another thing they didn't think of was that they met down there and heard (if they didn't go to sleep) a twenty minute sermon and Joe Bob and I started at six o'clock and studied 'til midnight when I said I just had to go home and get some sleep. After all, I've got to get some plowing done sometime. And another thing I haven't told you is that the whole time we are studying Molly Bea sits there and knits. She hasn't said one word so far but I'll just bet she's taking it all in and we may be helping her a lot too.
Anyway, you can see that I am in a heap of trouble but I think I am doing the right thing and I am going to keep it up for now anyway. I sure would like to know what you think about it because I don't want to do anything wrong.
I'll be waiting to hear from you. In the meantime, I remain
Your faithful friend,
Sam Hill, Jr.