Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith
at the Temple in Heaven
President Woodruff tells about a conversation he had with Joseph Smith, over 50 years after the prophet's death at Carthage. The following was recorded by on October 19, 1896.
Joseph Smith continued visiting myself and others up to a certain time, and then it stopped. The last time I saw him was in heaven. In the night vision I saw him at the door of the temple in heaven. He came to me and spoke to me. He said he could not stop to talk with me because he was in a hurry. The next man I met was Father Smith; he could not talk with me because he was in a hurry. I met half a dozen brethren who had held high positions on earth, and none of them could stop to talk with me because they were in a hurry. I was much astonished.
By and by I saw the Prophet again and I got the privilege of asking him a question. "Now," said I, "I want to know why you are in a hurry. I have been in a hurry all my life; but I expected my hurry would be over when I got into the kingdom of heaven, if I ever did."
Joseph said: "I will tell you, Brother Woodruff. Every dispensation that has had the priesthood on the earth and has gone into the celestial kingdom has had a certain amount of work to do to prepare to go to the earth with the Savior when he goes to reign on the earth. Each dispensation has had ample time to do this work. We have not. We are the last dispensation, and so much work has to be done, and we need to be in a hurry in order to accomplish it."
Of course, that was satisfactory, but it was new doctrine to me.
"The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff", p.288 - p.289