There's more to Wilford Woodruff's dream of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence than you might expect. Learn more about that vision, how he chose which eminent men and women to do the temple work for, and a few hiccups he ran into along the way.
Many Mormons are familiar with the story of how then-apostle Wilford Woodruff had a vision of the Founding Fathers in the St. George Temple and how they asked him to do their temple work. Some Mormons may also be vaguely aware that when Woodruff did the Founding Fathers' work that he also performed the ordinances for about 45 “other eminent men” from history.
Few, however, know that for more than a century, there were a few historical mysteries in the story of Woodruff’s vision—missing eminent men and women hiding in the events surrounding what Woodruff was inspired to do in St. George, Utah.
In August 1877, Woodruff had what he called two “night visions,” a scriptural way of describing dreams. But these were more than just ordinary dreams—he recognized them as inspired visions. The experience was so vivid that he spoke about them as if they were visits. In them, he said, the Signers of the Declaration of Independence gathered around him and “demanded” and “argued” that he get their temple work completed. He later said George Washington was also present in that request.
I've never been very good at fasting. Here's what I was doing wrong, how I fixed it, and what my journey to proper fasting might mean for you.
See how many problems you can spot in this personal story:
It’s the first Sunday of the month, and my oh-so-helpful family member reminds me that it’s fast Sunday while I’m pouring my cereal.
Annoyed, I think, Fine. I’ll just skip breakfast and start my fast right now.
I put the cereal away, finish getting ready for Church, and grumble the entire time. The second I get home, I’m starving so I make a beeline for the kitchen. As I eat my sandwich, I applaud myself for having made it through Church.
How many did you find? I can count at least five problems in what was once my “fasting” routine.
So what exactly was wrong and how does one fast properly? I’m glad you asked.
24 Hours, 2 Meals, No Water
The first problem in my story came before it even started—did you catch it? Instead of thinking about fasting Sunday morning, I should have had it on my mind Saturday night.
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Ten years as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn’t feel like long, but the lessons I’ve learned in one decade of being a convert are eternally important and will last a lifetime.
I was baptized 10 years ago. During these 10 years, my journey has not been easy. But being baptized has made it easier. The gospel, the Church, and my membership in the Church have truly enriched my life.
What follows is a bit of a memoir, a bit of a confession, and a bit of a celebration of the eight most important things I’ve learned in my 10 years as a Latter-day Saint convert.
1. Don’t base your self-worth on whether or not you live up to the “good-Mormon” image.
I used to be a really, really good Mormon. I felt very confident in my standing with God, but also very confident in how others saw me. I’ve always known that I wasn’t the stereotypical “perfect Mormon,” but I thought that my uniqueness actually contributed to the validity of my testimony.
That feeling began to change after I returned home early from my mission and lost out on a few opportunities to work for the Church. I had to return home and move in with my parents, where I took the better part of a year to figure out what my next steps were going to be. I was friendless, jobless, and unknown in my ward. And I felt robbed of my self-imposed “good Mormon” label. I felt like I was no longer a five-star Mormon. I felt more like a three-star Mormon—not bad, but not good, and certainly not special.
So where are we supposed to get our self-worth from? I know that we have infinite worth simply because we are children of God, but it takes time to develop a testimony of that principle. I also know that basing how we feel about ourselves on the perceptions of others, instead of the perception of God, is the wrong way to understand our own worth.