In 1838, Phoebe Woodruff, the wife of Mormon apostle Wilford Woodruff, became seriously ill and apparently died. Wilford recounted: “The sisters gathered around her body, weeping, while I stood looking at her in sorrow. The spirit and power of God began to rest upon me until, for the first time during her sickness, faith filled my soul, although she lay before me as one dead.”
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Midst a tumultuous time in the Prophet Joseph’s history, sandwiched between endowing the twelve in the spring one year before the martyrdom, and receiving the fulness of the priesthood that September, the Prophet asked and answered a question that remains germane to our increasingly tumultuous generation: “How shall God come to the rescue of this generation?"
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