Thursday, September 1, 2016

Brigham’s Nauvoo Prophecy

Brigham Young prophesied what about Nauvoo as the Saints were leaving?
a.                  That it would become America’s first Ghost town
b.                  That the Saints would one day come back and build temples
c.                   That the Church would always have a presence in Nauvoo
d.                  That it would never become a city again
Yesterday’s answer:
(A)                 Lorenzo Snow
In the 1830’s there was a student at Oberlin College, Ohio, whose name was Lorenzo Snow. He was disillusioned with what he saw of religion in general and Christianity in particular. He wrote a letter to his sister who had become a Latter-day Saint, Eliza R. Snow, and confessed his difficulties. She wrote back and invited him to Kirtland. He came. Within a few moments, as I read the story, he was inside the temple, the building which at that time served, as many of you know, more than one purpose. It served all of the fundamental functions of the Church. As he entered, there was a small meeting in progress. Patriarchal blessings were being given by the Prophet’s father, Joseph Smith, Sr. He listened, first incredulous, then open, and toward the end inspired. He kept saying to himself, “Can this be simply a man or is there something divine involved?” More and more he felt that the Spirit was in it.
At the end of the meeting, the Prophet’s father took Lorenzo’s hand and, still filled with the light of his
calling, said two things to him. “You will become one of us.” Lorenzo Snow understood that but didn’t believe it. But now the staggering statement. “And you will become great-even as great as God is. And you could not wish to become greater.” Young Lorenzo Snow did not understand that. Shortly the first prediction was fulfilled. His conversion, his baptism and confirmation left him somewhat stillborn. But then came his immersion in the influences of God so that for several nights he could hardly sleep, burning, he says, with a “tangible awareness” of God in a way that changed him.

Lorenzo Snow Journal, handwritten manuscript. P. 1, “Lorenzo Snow Papers, 1840-1901,” Church Historical Department.

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