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Literature and diary entries written by Mormon women pioneers

Spiritual Gifts

Presendia Lathrop Huntington Buell Smith Kimball:

On one occasion I saw angels clothed in white walking upon the temple [Kirtland, Ohio]. It was during one of our monthly fast meetings, when the saints were in the temple worshipping. A little girl came to my door and in wonder called me out, exclaiming, "The meeting is on top of the house!" I went to the door, and there I saw on the temple angels clothed in white covering the roof from end to end. They seemed to be walking to and fro; they appeared and disappeared. The third time they appeared and disappeared before I realized they were not mortal men. Each time in a moment they vanished, and their reappearance was the same. This was in broad daylight, in the afternoon.

(Sonntag 61)

Eliza Roxcy Snow:

Oh My Father

[verse 1]
O my Father, thou that dwellest in the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
;And again behold thy face? In thy holy
habitation, Did my spirit once reside? In my
first primeval childhood, Was I nurtured near thy side?

[verse 3]
I had learned to call thee Father, Thru thy Spirit
from on high, But until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why. In the heav'ns are
parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is
reason; truth eternal tells me I've a mother there.

(Hymns 292)

 American Studies
 at the University of Virginia
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Last Update: January 15, 2002