Our prophets and apostles have been set apart as special witnesses of our Savior Jesus Christ. While we do not need to see our Redeemer face to face to testify of His divine life and mission, some Church leaders have shared remarkable accounts of when they saw the Lord, whether through dreams or visions. Their experiences testify of the love, grace, power, and glory of our Savior.
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1. President George F. Richards
“Last night I dreamed of seeing the Savior and embracing him. The feelings I cannot describe, but I think it was a touch of heaven. I never expect anything better hereafter. The love of man for woman cannot compare with it. May we be faithful and make every sacrifice necessary . . . to live in His presence forever” (Lucile C. Tate, LeGrand Richards, 47, quoted in Dreams as Revelation).
During the April 1974 general conference, President Spencer W. Kimball related a dream President George F. Richards shared while in a meeting with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
"'The Lord has revealed to men by dreams something more than I ever understood or felt before.' I heard this more than once in quorum meetings of the Council of the Twelve when George F. Richards was president. . . . He said, 'I believe in dreams, brethren. The Lord has given me dreams which to me are just as real and as much from God as was the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar . . . or the dream of Lehi who through a dream led his colony out of the old country across the mighty deep to this promised land, or any other dreams that we might read in the scriptures.
"'It is not out of place for us to have important dreams,' he said. 'And then more than 40 years ago I had a dream which I am sure was from the Lord. In this dream I was in the presence of my Savior as he stood mid-air. He spoke no word to me, but my love for him was such that I have not words to explain. I know that no mortal man can love the Lord as I experienced that love for the Savior unless God reveals it to him. I would have remained in his presence, but there was a power drawing me away from him.
"'As a result of that dream, I had this feeling that no matter what might be required of my hands, what the gospel might entail unto me, I would do what I should be asked to do even to the laying down of my life. . . .
"'If only I can be with my Savior and have that same sense of love that I had in that dream, it will be the goal of my existence, the desire of my life'" (Spencer W. Kimball, “The Cause Is Just and Worthy").
2. President Lorenzo Snow
When Allie Young, granddaughter of President Lorenzo Snow, was a young girl, she used to visit her grandfather in his office in the temple. One night, while walking Allie out of the temple, President Snow suddenly stopped Allie in the hallway and told her about his heavenly experience in the temple. The following is excerpted from The Lord Needed a Prophet:
"President Snow suddenly stopped and said, 'Wait a moment, Allie. I want to tell you something.' Allie listened intently as her grandfather told her of an unforgettable experience he had once had at that place in the temple: 'It was right here that the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me at the time of the death of President Woodruff. He instructed me to go right ahead and reorganize the First Presidency of the Church at once and not wait as had been done after the death of the previous presidents, and that I was to succeed President Woodruff [as President of the Church].'
"President Snow held out his left hand and said, 'He stood right here, about three feet above the floor. It looked as though he stood on a plate of solid gold.'
"Still speaking in hushed, reverent tones, President Snow told Allie that the Savior’s appearance was so glorious and bright that he could hardly look at Him.
"President Snow put his right hand on Allie’s head and said, 'Now granddaughter, I want you to remember that this is the testimony of your grandfather, that he told you with his own lips that he actually saw the Savior, here in the temple, and talked with him face to face'" (Susan Arringtom Madsen, The Lord Needed a Prophet, 82–83).