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Casting Out Devils

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I recited on the program, the occasion of my casting out devils from a former prostitute from Atlanta in Salt Lake City, on or about Oct, 1982.  Saw them depart in a fury (over a hundred).  Paralleled by Joseph Smith casting out devil from Newell K. Knight:

Newel Knight] A son of Joseph Knight, of Colesville, N. Y. He attended the meetings of the Saints at Colesville and became interested in the gospel. The Prophet tried to prevail upon him to pray in public, but being timid, he refused, and the result was that an evil spirit seized him and distorted his face, twisted his limbs, and tossed him about fearfully. The afflicted youth earnestly besought the Prophet to cast out the evil spirit. Joseph did so in the name of the Lord. Newel Knight then came under the influence of the Holy Spirit, and visions of eternity were open to his view.  
Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl, Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, p.309
The Knight family were Universalists, and this miracle, the first performed in the Church, must have made a deep impression upon them. Newel Knight says that under the influence of the Spirit of God he was lifted up bodily from the floor, so that his head pressed against the ceiling.  
Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl, Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, p.309
Newel Knight was the leader of the Saints of the Colesville Branch in their migration from Ohio to Missouri (See Sec. 54:2).  

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