Friday, April 5, 2019

Cut from the Church Prior to the Call


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Who was disfellowshipped from the Church . . . and then made an apostle later in life?
a.                  J. Golden Kimball
b.                  Lyman Wight
c.                   B. H. Roberts
d.                  John Whittaker Taylor
Yesterday’s answer:
B   Heber C. Kimball
From the life of Heber C. Kimball:   Though not professing to be a prophet, Kimball could not help but notice, he said, that “people all the time are telling me I am.” Brigham Young promoted the image: “I am not a visionary man, neither am I given much to prophesying. When I want any of that done I call on Brother Heber—he is my prophet he loves to prophesy, and I love to hear him.”
President Spencer W. Kimball described his grandfather as “a prophet perhaps second only to Joseph Smith himself.”
Though many of Kimball’s dramatic prophecies came to pass, some did not. He predicted, for example, that President Buchanan, who initiated the Utah Expeditionary Force, would die an “untimely death,” but the ex-president was ten years older then Kimball when they both died in 1868.
Many of his scriptural quotes could not be found in the scriptures, J. Golden Kimball recalled. But when listeners pointed this out, he countered, “Well, if that isn’t in the Bible it ought to be in it.”
Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982), 139.

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