Some of My Favorite Mormon History Stories
of Latter Day Saints and Church Leaders
Joseph Can't Translate While Angry with Emma
Martin Harris Tests Joseph's Translating Gift
The 3 Witnesses See the Golden Plates
Oliver Cowdery Testifies of Plates in Court
Sydney Rigdon's Final Confession to His Son
Joseph Fulfills Newell Whitney's Vision
Hostile Police Constables Befriend Joseph Smith
Lucy Mack Smith Confronts Rude Minister
Joseph Smith Predicts Stars Would Fall
John Taylor Defends Joseph to Parley Pratt
General Doniphan Saves Joseph Smith's Life
Joseph Rebukes Obscene Jail Guards
Joseph's Prophecy of Preaching in Jackson County
Alexander McRae Tells of Life In Liberty Jail
Turley Challenges John Whitmer's Testimony
Apostles Fulfill Joseph's Far West Prophecy
Joseph's Reaction to Giving Temple Ordinances to the Apostles
Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain Prophecies
Willard Richard's 2 Minutes in Carthage Jail
Prophecy of Willard Richard Surviving Carthage
Vilate Kimball's Vision of Plural Marriage
Alfred Young's Vision of Celestial Kingdom
Benjamin Brown's Conversion, Miracles and Visions
Pioneer Testifies of Angels Pushing Handcarts
The Miracles of Mary Fielding Smith
Thomas and Mary Thomas' Trials of Faith
Brigham Young's Visions of Joseph Smith
Brigham Young's Vision of Temples
Josiah Quincy Goes to Nauvoo, Meets Joseph Smith
Tolstoy on Mormonism's Future
Members Write of Miracles in Kirtland Temple
Logan Temple President Meets Satan
Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple
LDS Apostles Attacked by Devils
Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith
Wilford Woodruff Revelation on Sugar Industry
Spencer Kimball Helps Pregnant Mother in Airport
Spencer Kimball Calls New Patriarch
Spencer Kimball Corrects Profane Orderly
Spencer Kimball Declares His Priesthood Keys
Girl Teaches Articles of Faith to Man on Bus
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Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple
President Snow sought guidance from The Lord after receiving word that President Wilford Woodruff had died. President Snow's family recorded his experience in their personal journals.
President Snow's daughter, Alice writes, "Upon hearing that President Wilford Woodruff was gravely ill, Elder Lorenzo Snow, who was both President of The Salt Lake Temple and The Quroum of Twelve Apostles, knelt at the sacred altar in the Holy of Holies in the Salt Lake Temple and there plead to the Lord to spare President Woodruff’s life. President Snow prayed that President Woodruff might outlive him and that the great responsibility of Church leadership would not fall upon his shoulders. But he also promised the Lord that he would devotedly perform any duty required at his hands.
"On 2 September 1898, after receiving word of the death of Wilford Woodruff, President Snow went again to the same altar and poured out his heart to the Lord. He reminded the Lord how he plead for President Woodruff’s life to be spared, that President Woodruff’s days would be lengthened beyond his own; that he might never be called upon to bear the heavy burdens and responsibilities of the Church. ‘Nevertheless,’ he said, ‘Thy will be done. I have not sought this responsibility but if it be Thy will, I now present myself before Thee for Thy guidance and instruction. I ask that Thou show me what Thou wouldst have me do.’
"After finishing his prayer he expected some sort of manifestation or special reply from the Lord. So he waited,—and waited—and waited but no reply came. No voice, no visitation, no manifestation. He left the altar and the room in great disappointment. Passing through the Celestial room and out into the large corridor he finally received the glorious manifestation he was hoping for."
Lorenzo Snow's grandaughter, Allie Young Pond, writes about what happened next in her journal.
"One evening while I was visiting Grandpa Snow in his room in the Salt Lake Temple, I remained until the door keepers had gone and the night-watchmen had not yet come in, so grandpa said he would take me to the main front entrance and let me out that way. He got his bunch of keys from his dresser. After we left his room and while we were still in the large corridor leading into the celestial room, I was walking several steps ahead of grandpa when he stopped me and said:
"'Wait a moment, Allie. I want to tell you something. It was right here that the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me at the time of the death of President Woodruff. He instructed me to go right ahead and reorganize the First Presidency of the Church at once and not wait as had been done after the death of the previous presidents, and that I was to succeed President Woodruff.'
"'He stood right here, about three feet above the floor. It looked as though he stood on a plate of solid gold.'
"Grandpa told me what a glorious personage the Savior is and described His hands, feet, countenance and beautiful White Robes, all of which were of such a glory of whiteness and brightness that he could hardly gaze upon Him."
"'Now granddaughter, I want you to remember that this is the testimony of your grandfather, that he told you with his own lips that he actually saw the Savior, here in the temple, and talked with him face to face.'"
Allie Young Pond, personal journal
Alice Armeda Snow Young Pond personal journal
Susan Arrington Madsen, "The Lord Needed a Prophet"
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