Most of you will remember when Sherem asked for a sign. And he got it. A similar thing almost happened when a man came to Joseph Smith asking for a sign to prove the work was true.
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George A. Smith said what I have long believed: William Law “pulled the leading string in putting Joseph Smith to death.” Joseph learned of his apostasy in March of 1844, and had time to reflect on the disintegration of Law’s character and righteousness. Joseph had a dream about him and about some of his associates just two weeks before the martyrdom.
The following historical gem from the early history of the Church offers a powerful witness of the importance of and the reality of work in the Spirit World.
This faithful woman sacrificed much to help bring forth the gospel as she served as the first president of the Relief Society and sacrificed to hold the Church and her family together while her husband was beaten and imprisoned for his faith. Among one of her most prevalent teachings and desires was for the women of the Church to be united in purpose.
Consider for a moment the resilience of those people who finally came through the canyons into the valleys of these mountains. Many of them had weathered the apostasy of Ohio and the mobs of Missouri and the assassins of Illinois and still they turned their faces west and made the desert blossom. We would do well to remember their durability when our own challenges fill us with fear.
If you had already been born and were a member of the Church, June 9, 1978, you remember in vivid detail exactly where you were the minute you heard that President Spencer W. Kimball had received a revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy males. Elder Marion D. Hanks, an emeritus General Authority who was there said, “Hallelujah. I thank God I lived long enough to see this day.”