Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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manifestation, being young, he was again entangled in the  vanities of the world, of which he afterwards sincerely and  truly repented.
And it pleased God, on the evening of the 21st of Sep tember, a.d. 1823, to again hear his prayers. For he had  retired to rest, as usual, only that his mind was drawn out,  in fervent prayer, and his soul was filled with the most  earnest desire, “to commune with some kind messenger,  who could communicate to him the desired information of  his acceptance with God,” and also unfold the principles of  the doctrine of Christ, according to the promise which he  had received in the former vision. While he thus continued  to pour out his desires before the Father of all good; en deavouring to exercise faith in his precious promises; “on a  sudden, a light like that of day, only of a purer and far  more glorious appearance and brightness, burst into the  room. Indeed, the first sight was as though the house was  filled with consuming fire. This sudden appearance of a  light so bright, as must naturally be expected, occasioned  a shock or sensation visible to the extremities of the body.  It was, however, followed with a calmness and serenity of  mind, and an overwhelming rapture of joy, that surpassed  understanding, and, in a moment, a personage stood before  him.”
Notwithstanding the brightness of the light which pre viously illuminated the room, “yet there seemed to be an  additional glory surrounding or accompanying this person age, which shone with an increased degree of brilliancy, of  which he was in the midst; and though his countenance  was as lightning, yet, it was of a pleasing, innocent, and  glorious appearance; so much so, that every fear was  banished from the heart, and nothing but calmness per vaded the soul.”
“The stature of this personage was a little above the  common size of men in this age; his garment was per fectly white, and had the appearance of being without  seam.”
This glorious being declared himself to be an Angel of  God, sent forth, by commandment, to communicate to him  that his sins were forgiven, and that his prayers were  heard; and also, to bring the joyful tidings, that the cove nant which God made with ancient Israel, concerning their [p. 6]
manifestation, being young, he was again entangled in the vanities of the world, of which he afterwards sincerely and truly repented.
And it pleased God, on the evening of the 21st of September, a.d. 1823, to again hear his prayers. For he had retired to rest, as usual, only that his mind was drawn out, in fervent prayer, and his soul was filled with the most earnest desire, “to commune with some kind messenger, who could communicate to him the desired information of his acceptance with God,” and also unfold the principles of the doctrine of Christ, according to the promise which he had received in the former vision. While he thus continued to pour out his desires before the Father of all good; endeavouring to exercise faith in his precious promises; “on a sudden, a light like that of day, only of a purer and far more glorious appearance and brightness, burst into the room. Indeed, the first sight was as though the house was filled with consuming fire. This sudden appearance of a light so bright, as must naturally be expected, occasioned a shock or sensation visible to the extremities of the body. It was, however, followed with a calmness and serenity of mind, and an overwhelming rapture of joy, that surpassed understanding, and, in a moment, a personage stood before him.”
Notwithstanding the brightness of the light which previously illuminated the room, “yet there seemed to be an additional glory surrounding or accompanying this personage, which shone with an increased degree of brilliancy, of which he was in the midst; and though his countenance was as lightning, yet, it was of a pleasing, innocent, and glorious appearance; so much so, that every fear was banished from the heart, and nothing but calmness pervaded the soul.”
“The stature of this personage was a little above the common size of men in this age; his garment was perfectly white, and had the appearance of being without seam.”
This glorious being declared himself to be an Angel of God, sent forth, by commandment, to communicate to him that his sins were forgiven, and that his prayers were heard; and also, to bring the joyful tidings, that the covenant which God made with ancient Israel, concerning their [p. 6]
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