"Lorenzo Snow was still at work in his office in the Salt Lake Temple. It was dark outside, and the stars had come out. He was the fifth President of the Church, but he was also serving as the first president of the Salt Lake Temple at the time. He often stayed late into the evening to finish his work.
President Snow’s granddaughter Allie Young
loved to visit him at his office. In those days, family members of the
temple president were allowed to visit him there. They were not allowed
to go through the entire temple, however, until they were old enough and
had been found worthy and ready to make the sacred temple covenants.
This special evening Allie was with her grandfather in his office.
The doorkeepers had gone home and the night watchmen had not yet come
in, so they were alone. When Allie was ready to leave, President Snow
went to a dresser and took a large bunch of keys from the drawer so that
he could let her out the main entrance. Together they walked down a
large corridor near the celestial room.
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.”
Allie listened to every word of this sacred experience and never
forgot that precious moment but shared it many times later in her life
with her family and friends."
President Snow’s vision was
related by Susan Arrington Madsen and appeared in the Friend, Aug 1993
on page 14. It was adapted from “The Lord Needed a Prophet” page 83-83
by Susan Arrington Madsen.
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