Muun muassa Joseph Smithin näky, josta osittain tehtiin Opin ja liittojen
kirjan luku 137.
Thursday, 21.This morning, a minister from Connecticut, by the
name of John W. Olived, called at my house and inquired of my father:
"Does the Prophet live here?" My father replied he did not
understand him. Mr. Olived asked the same question again and again,
and received the same answer. He finally asked: "Does Mr. Smith
live here?" Father replied: "O yes, sir, I understand you
now." Father then stepped into my room and informed me that a gentleman
had called to see me. I went into the room where he was, and the first
question he asked me, after passing a compliment was: "How many
members have you in your Church?" I replied that we had between
fifteen hundred and two thousand in this branch. He then asked: "Wherein
do you differ from other Christian denominations?" I replied, that
we believe the Bible, and they do not. However, he affirmed that he
believed the Bible. I told him then to be baptized. He replied that
he did not realize it to be his duty. But when I laid before him the
principles of the Gospel, viz: faith and repentance; baptism, for the
remission of sins; and the laying on of hands, for the reception of
the Holy Ghost, he manifested much surprise. I observed that the hour
for school had arrived, and I must attend. The man appeared astonished
at our doctrine, but by no means hostile.
[LK 137:1] The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell. [LK 137:2] I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire; [LK 137:3] also the blazing throne of God, whereon was seated the Father and the Son. [LK 137:4] I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with gold. [LK 137:5] I saw Fathers Adam and Abraham, and my father and mother, my brother, Alvin, that has long since slept, [LK 137:6] and marvelled how it was that he had obtained an inheritance in that kingdom, seeing that he had departed this life before the Lord had set His hand to gather Israel the second time, and had not been baptized for the remission of sins.
[LK 137:7] Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying (Revelation.)
All who have died without a knowledge of this Gospel, who would have
received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the
celestial kingdom of God; [LK 137:8] also all that shall die henceforth
without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their
hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom, [LK 137:9] for I, the Lord,
will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire
of their hearts.
[Loppu puuttuu LK:n luvusta 137] I saw the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb,
who are now upon the earth, who hold the keys of this last ministry,
in foreign lands, standing together in a circle, much fatigued, with
their clothes tattered and feet swollen, with their eyes cast downward,
and Jesus standing in their midst, and they did not behold Him. The
Savior looked upon them and wept.
Many of my brethren who received the ordinance with me saw glorious
visions also. Angels ministered unto them as well as to myself, and
the power of the Highest rested upon us, the house was filled with the
glory of God, and we shouted Hosanna to God and the Lamb. My scribe
also received his anointing with us, and saw, in a vision, the armies
of heaven protecting the Saints in their return to Zion, and many things
which I saw.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 2, pp.378-382
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