The generations on either side of me link me to my past and my future. My view of family history involves revealing the roots and the branches.

Throughout this blog you will find perspectives related to the doctrines of temple and family history work from revealed revelation given to living prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS - Mormon).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

They Called Upon Us, Knowing That We Held the Keys and Power to Redeem Them

Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff
“For the last eighteen hundred years, the people that have lived and passed away never heard the voice of an inspired man, never heard a Gospel sermon, until they entered the spirit-world. Somebody has got to redeem them, by performing such ordinances for them in the flesh as they cannot attend to themselves in the spirit.” He declared, “The Lord has stirred up our minds, and many things have been revealed to us concerning the dead. … The dead will be after you, they will seek after you as they have after us in St. George. They called upon us, knowing that we held the keys and power to redeem them.” 

– Elder Wilford Woodruff, September 1877, Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff: History of His Life and Labors (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1964), p. 495.

1 comment:

  1. My great, great grandfather, John Daniel Thompson McAllister, baptized Wilford Woodruff for these gentlemen, and recorded it with the scribe as witness. This event actually went on for months, as the wives and children not only of the Founding Fathers, but also for other eminent men like William Wilberforce, and their wives. These original St.George Temple records can be seen in the Special Collections section of the SLC Family History Library 1877, with a temple recommend. Pretty cool.