Thursday, April 25, 2019

Turning his Back on Baseball

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Which future apostle would turn down a professional baseball career because it meant playing on Sunday?
a.                  Parley P. Pratt
b.                  Delbert L. Stapley
c.                   Heber J. Grant
d.                  Marvin J. Ashton
Yesterday’s answer:
B   The Savior
From the life of Melvin Joseph Ballard:   Among all of the sacred experiences Elder Ballard had, perhaps the greatest was the personal witness of the Savior which had come to him in a dream two years before his call to the Counsel of the Twelve and which he shared with thousands of members of the Church:
I found myself one evening in the dreams of the night in that sacred building, the temple. After a season of prayer and rejoicing I was informed that I should have the privilege of entering into one of those rooms, to meet a glorious Personage, and, as I entered the door, I saw, seated on a raised platform, the most glorious Being my eyes have ever beheld or that I ever conceived existed in all the eternal words. As I approached to be introduced, he arose and stepped towards me with extended arms, and he smiled as he softly spoke my name. If I shall live to be a million years old, I shall never forget that smile. He took me into his arms and kissed me, pressed me to his bosom, and blessed me, until the marrow of my bones seemed to melt! When he had finished, I fell at his feet, and, as I bathed them with my tears and kisses, I saw the prints of the nails in the feet of the Redeemer of the world. The feeling that I had in the presence of him who hath all things in his hands, to have his love, his affection, and his blessing was such that if I ever can receive that of which I had but a foretaste, I would give all that I am, all that I ever hope to be, to feel what I then felt!
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 450.

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