History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 16​> behold him; that in the morn of the resurrection they may come forth in a body, and come right up out of their graves, and strike hands immediately in Eternal glory and felicity, rather that to be scattered thousands of miles apart. There is something good and sacred to me in this thing; the place where a man is buried is sacred to me; this subject is made mention of in the Book of Mormon, and the Scriptures; even to the aborigines of this land, the burying places of their fathers, are more sacred than any thing else.
“When I heard of the death of our beloved ; it would not have affected me so much, if I had the opportunity of burying him in the land of Zion. I believe those who have buried their friends here, their condition is enviable. Look at <​Jacob &​> Joseph in Egypt, how the<​y​> required <​t​>heir friends to bury them in the tomb of their fathers; see the expense which attended the embalming, and the going up of the great company to the burial. It has always been considered a great calamity not to obtain an honorable burial, and one of the greatest curses the Ancient Prophets could put on any man was that he should go without a burial.
“I have said Father, I desire to die here among the Saints, but if this is not thy will, and I go hence and die, wilt thou find some kind friend to bring my body back; and gather my friends, who have fallen in foreign lands, and bring them up hither, that we may all lie together.
“I will tell you what I want, if tomorrow I shall be called to lay in yonder tomb, in the morning of the resurrection, let me strike hands with my Father, and cry my Father, and he will say my Son, my Son, as soon as the rock rends, and before we come out of our graves.
“And may we contemplate these things so? Yes, if we learn how to live and how to die. When we lie down we contemplate how we may rise up in the morning, and it is pleasing for friends to lie down together, locked in the arms of love, to sleep; and awake in each others embrace, and renew their conversation.
“Would you think it strange if I relate what I have seen in vision, in relation to this interesting theme? Those who have died in Jesus Christ, may expect to enter into all that fruition of joy when they come forth, which they have possessed <​or anticipated​> here. [HC 5:361] So plain was the vision, that I actually saw men, before they had ascended from <​the​> Tomb, as though they were getting up slowly, they took each other by the hand and said to each other “My Father, my Son; my mother, my daughter; my brother, my sister;” and when the voice calls for the dead to arise, suppose I am laid by the side of my Father, what would be the first joy of my heart? To meet my Father, my Mother, my Brother, my Sister, and when they are by my side, I embrace them, and they me.
“It is my meditation all the day, and more than my meat and drink to know how I shall make the Saints of God to comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge before my mind. O, how I would delight to bring before you things which you never thought of, but poverty and the cares of the world prevent; but I am glad I have the privilege of communicating to you some things, which if grasped closely, will be a help to you when earthquakes bellow, the clouds gather, the lightnings flash and the storms are [p. 1534]
April 16 behold him; that in the morn of the resurrection they may come forth in a body, and come up out of their graves, and strike hands immediately in Eternal glory and felicity, rather that to be scattered thousands of miles apart. There is something good and sacred to me in this thing; the place where a man is buried is sacred to me; this subject is made mention of in the Book of Mormon, and the Scriptures; even to the aborigines of this land, the burying places of their fathers, are more sacred than any thing else.
“When I heard of the death of our beloved ; it would not have affected me so much, if I had the opportunity of burying him in the land of Zion. I believe those who have buried their friends here, their condition is enviable. Look at Jacob & Joseph in Egypt, how they required their friends to bury them in the tomb of their fathers; see the expense which attended the embalming, and the going up of the great company to the burial. It has always been considered a great calamity not to obtain an honorable burial, and one of the greatest curses the Ancient Prophets could put on any man was that he should go without a burial.
“I have said Father, I desire to die here among the Saints, but if this is not thy will, and I go hence and die, wilt thou find some kind friend to bring my body back; and gather my friends, who have fallen in foreign lands, and bring them up hither, that we may all lie together.
“I will tell you what I want, if tomorrow I shall be called to lay in yonder tomb, in the morning of the resurrection, let me strike hands with my Father, and cry my Father, and he will say my Son, my Son, as soon as the rock rends, and before we come out of our graves.
“And may we contemplate these things so? Yes, if we learn how to live and how to die. When we lie down we contemplate how we may rise up in the morning, and it is pleasing for friends to lie down together, locked in the arms of love, to sleep; and awake in each others embrace, and renew their conversation.
“Would you think it strange if I relate what I have seen in vision, in relation to this interesting theme? Those who have died in Jesus Christ, may expect to enter into all that fruition of joy when they come forth, which they have possessed or anticipated here. [HC 5:361] So plain was the vision, that I actually saw men, before they had ascended from the Tomb, as though they were getting up slowly, they took each other by the hand and said to each other “My Father, my Son; my mother, my daughter; my brother, my sister;” and when the voice calls for the dead to arise, suppose I am laid by the side of my Father, what would be the first joy of my heart? To meet my Father, my Mother, my Brother, my Sister, and when they are by my side, I embrace them, and they me.
“It is my meditation all the day, and more than my meat and drink to know how I shall make the Saints of God comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge before my mind. O, how I would delight to bring before you things which you never thought of, but poverty and the cares of the world prevent; but I am glad I have the privilege of communicating to you some things, which if grasped closely, will be a help to you when earthquakes bellow, the clouds gather, the lightnings flash and the storms are [p. 1534]
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