Friday, July 15, 2016

The Forerunner to the Church

Heber C. Kimball states in his journal that many thought this organization was the forerunner and responsible for much of the Church’s success during the first British mission in 1837. What was the organization?
a.                  The Liverpool soccer club
b.                  The Temperance Society
c.                   The Church of England
d.                  The Preston Shooting Club
Yesterday’s answer:
(D)   White
One of the great revelations of all times, the vision of the three degrees of glory was received by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon on 16 February 1832. After holding a series of conferences in the Kirtland area, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon returned to the task of working on the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible at the John Johnson home in Hiram, Ohio. They reviewed John 5:29 concerning the resurrection of the just and the unjust, and as they meditated upon this subject, the heavens were opened and they saw a vision concerning life after resurrection from the dead. Elder Philo Dibble and several men were present in the room when the vision opened to the Prophet and Rigdon. It appears that the vision lasted more than an hour. Dibble reported that he felt the influence of the Spirit but did not see the vision, and he witnessed the effect of the vision on the Prophet: “Joseph wore black clothes, but at this time seemed to be dressed in an element of glorious white, and his face shone as if it were transparent” (Andrus and Andrus, 76). He also indicated that Joseph and Sidney discussed with one another what they saw during the heavenly manifestation. No one else in the room saw the glories.

Arnold K. Garr et al., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2000), 1297; Hyrum L. Andrus and Helen Mar Andrus, They Knew the Prophet (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 76.

No comments:

Post a Comment