Monday, December 21, 2015

It’s That Time of Year Again!

It appears from the journal of Mary Jane Tanner that the wards had a competition at Christmas time in Salt Lake City during the 1800's. What was the competition?
a.                  The best Christmas play
b.                  The best ward choir
c.                   The best Christmas Tree
d.                  Who could collect the most for the needy
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
The following was related by Zebedee Coltrin
“At one of these meetings [of the School of the Prophets] after the organization of the school, [the school being organized] on the 23rd [of] January, 1833, when we were all together, Joseph having given instructions, and while engaged in silent prayer, kneeling, with our hands uplifted each one praying in silence, no one whispered above his breath, a personage walked through the room from east to west, and Joseph asked if we saw him.
“I saw him and suppose the others did, and Joseph answered, ‘That is Jesus, the Son of God, our elder brother.’ Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through; He was surrounded as with a flame of fire.” He (Bro[ther] C[oltrin]) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him.”
When asked about the kind of clothing the Father has on, Bro[ther] Coltrin said, “I did not discover His clothing for He was surrounded as with a flame of fire, which was so brilliant that I could not discover anything else but His person. “I saw His hands, His legs, His feet, His eyes, nose, mouth, head and body in the shape and form of a perfect man. He sat in a chair as a man would sit in a chair, but his appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in His presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones.
The Prophet Joseph said: ‘Brethren now you are prepared to be the Apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the father and the Son, and know that They exist and that They are two separate Personages.’
This appearance occurred about two or three weeks after the opening of the school.
After the Father had passed through, Joseph told us to again take our positions in prayer. We did  so, and in a very short time he drew our attention and said to us that Bro[ther] Reynolds Cahoon was about to leave us-and told us to look at him. He (Bro[ther] Cahoon) was on his knees, and his arms were extended, his hands and wrists, head, face and neck down to his shoulders were as a piece of amber-clear and transparent, his blood having apparently left his veins. Upon the attention of the brethren being thus called to Bro[ther] Cahoon, the change seemed to pass away and Joseph said that in a  few minutes more Bro[ther] Cahoon would have left us; but he came to himself again.
The school room was in the upper room of Whitney’s store [at Kirtland].”

Salt Lake School of the Prophets Minutes, 1883, p. 58-60, Church Historical Department.

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