paulpatter Posted December 16, 2009 Share Posted December 16, 2009 Most LDS are familiar with what is purported to have happened during the speech Brigham Young gave on Aug. 8, 1844; i.e., ". . .it seemed in the eyes of the people as though it was the very person of Joseph who stood before them" (George Q. Cannon, Teachings of Presidents of the Church - Joseph Smith, page 541).Unquestionably, some who witnessed the speech were adamant in declaring BY miraculously took on the appearance and voice of Joseph Smith.I am not saying they were wrong. I have no way of knowing that, and--in fact--I want their accounts to be accurate in every detail. I recall reading that the event was noted in the journals of some of those who were in attendance. I also recall reading, however, that the journals of some witnesses make no mention whatever of the "transformation." Moreover, I have read material suggesting that the event has been "added upon" over the years. (Yes, I need to cite sources; I'm working on that.)I think it's possible--just my guess--that those who saw a transformation were touched by the Holy Spirit. Whereas those who did not have that experience were in some way unworthy of the Spirit's influence.As to whether or not the event has been "added upon," again I have no way of knowing that with certitude; in any event, I welcome your comments about any aspect of the foregoing. Link to comment
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