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8 Divine Accounts of Prophets and Apostles Seeing the Savior


5. Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and Sidney Rigdon 

Most Latter-day Saints know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove in 1820, but many might not know the Savior appeared to Joseph many times later in his life.

In 1836, after the dedication of the Kirkland temple, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were praying on the first floor of the temple. The curtains dropped around the pulpit area and they saw the Lord at the pulpit. Of the Savior, Joseph wrote, "His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah" (D&C 110:3). Christ said He accepted the temple and many people would be richly blessed because of the ordinances available.

In 1831, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon moved to Ohio to work on Joseph's translation of the Bible. During the time they worked on the translation of the Gospel of John, they realized many truths regarding salvation had been lost. About six months after arriving in Ohio, the two saw a vision of God and Jesus Christ in the Celestial Kingdom and the other degrees of glory. This vision is now recorded as D&C 76.

6. President David O. McKay

In 1921 President David O. McKay was touring the Church's missions around the world when he had a dream aboard a ship destined for Apia, Samoa. About this dream President McKay wrote:

“Towards evening, the reflection of the afterglow of a beautiful sunset was most splendid! The sky was tinged with pink, and the clouds lingering around the horizon were fringed with various hues of crimson and orange, while the heavy cloud farther to the west was sombre purple and black. These various colors cast varying shadows on the peaceful surface of the water. Those from the cloud were long and dark, those from the crimson-tinged sky, clear but rose-tinted and fading into a faint pink that merged into the clear blue of the ocean. Gradually, the shadows became deeper and heavier, and then all merged into a beautiful calm twilight that made the sea look like a great mirror upon which fell the faint light of the crescent moon!

“Pondering still upon this beautiful scene, I lay in my berth at ten o’clock that night, and thought to myself: Charming as it is, it doesn’t stir my soul with emotion as do the innocent lives of children, and the sublime characters of loved ones and friends. Their beauty, unselfishness, and heroism are after all the most glorious!

“I then fell asleep, and beheld in vision something infinitely sublime. In the distance I beheld a beautiful white city. Though far away, yet I seemed to realize that trees with luscious fruit, shrubbery with gorgeously-tinted leaves, and flowers in perfect bloom abounded everywhere. The clear sky above seemed to reflect these beautiful shades of color. I then saw a great concourse of people approaching the city. Each one wore a white flowing robe. . . . Instantly my attention seemed centered upon their Leader, and though I could see only the profile of his features and his body, I recognized him at once as my Savior! The tint and radiance of his countenance were glorious to behold! There was a peace about him which seemed sublime—it was divine!

“The city, I understood, was his. It was the City Eternal; and the people following him were to abide there in peace and eternal happiness.

“But who were they?

“As if the Savior read my thoughts, he answered by pointing to a semicircle that then appeared above them, and on which were written in gold the words:

‘These Are They Who Have Overcome The World—

Who Have Truly Been Born Again!’

“When I awoke, it was breaking day over Apia harbor" (David O. McKay, Cherished Experiences, 101–2, quoted in Dreams as Revelation).

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