I have seen
and he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another, in mine own language, concerning these things. And only a few have I written because of my weakness in writing. And now I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written.
“The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false” (D&C 130:3). The ministry of the Second Comforter is to bring those to whom He ministers to the Father and have them accepted by Him. This means that the Father accepts them as a member of the Heavenly Family, or in other words, promises them exaltation. The end of the Lord’s ministry is to have the person accepted by the Father as a son or daughter of God.
“Salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it. No man is a minister of Jesus Christ without being a Prophet. No man can be a minister of Jesus Christ except he has [the] testimony of Jesus; and this is the spirit of prophecy. Whenever salvation has been administered, it has been by testimony. Men of the present time testify of heaven and hell, and have never seen either; and I will say that no man knows these things without this.” (Joseph Smith, DHC v3. p.389)
Receiving an audience with the Second Comforter is the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Those ordinances are supposed to be teaching us something. They are the Lord’s way of shouting in a multimedia presentation, “Here is how I did what I did and what I would like you to do in the process of you becoming like me—a son of God, a daughter of God, a member of the household of faith, and part of the church and kingdom of the Firstborn.”
“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 7:1
We cannot rely on the sacrifices of Joseph and Hyrum to save us, nor claim a covenant long since changed and broken by all of the sects arising from Joseph’s covenant as ours. We must, like them, have the faith to renew and then keep a covenant given to us by God.
“Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.”
“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God. Yea, behold, the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.”
Brother of Jared
“… the Lord shewed himself unto him and said, Because thou knowest these things, ye are redeemed from the Fall. Therefore, ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I shew myself unto you.”
Isaiah, Nephi, & Jacob
“And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah … for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. And my brother Jacob also hath seen him as I have seen him.”
“And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another, in mine own language, concerning these things.”
The return to Christ’s presence. The term comes from Christ’s reference to “another Comforter” in John 9:8. The concept involves Christ appearing to His disciples, as well as His ministry. The holy ghost has a ministry to bring a believer to receive angels and then to Christ. Christ, in turn, has a ministry to take the faithful servant and bring him to the Father. “Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself…. When any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him or appear unto him from time to time” (TPJS, 150–151; WJS, 5). John 14:23 [KJV; see also John 9:8] —
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”
Receiving the Second Comforter means you will meet Christ. You will know, without a doubt, He exists. You will know, through Him, the atonement has been provided and the scriptures that testify of Him are true. You will no longer have faith in the existence of God nor in your standing before Him but will have knowledge.
Hope in God's promise
Verily thus says the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsakes their sins, and comes unto me, and calls on my name, and obeys my voice, and keeps all my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am. D&C 93:1
On April 14, 2012, I was carried away into the heavenly temple. I shook the hand of the angel that was my guide. I saw and heard the Father and the Son speak to me. This experience involved sight, touch, sound, and smell. It was as real as anything I have experienced in my day-to-day life, only the glory and intelligence conveyed is indescribable. This was not my last encounter beyond the veil.
I am a witness that Jesus Christ lives. He is a real, knowable person. ….more
I share my Jesus vision to help you have encounters with Jesus as well, so you will know him from heart to heart. This is what you were created for, to know Jesus face to face, heart to heart, spirit to spirit and love Him with your entire being. Not only from reading about Him in the Bible but also from personal encounters with Him, through an intimate relationship. Jesus longs to bring you near to Him, more than realize. You are very special to Him and God loves you with all His heart.
In this testimony I will try to explain what I saw, during this Jesus vision. …more
Christ lives and comforts His followers today, just as He promised and did anciently. He is the Second Comforter. I know He lives, for I have seen Him. He has ministered to me.
The Second Comforter is the heritage of the Saints. He is as available to the least of the Saints as He is to the greatest. Joseph tried to have the Saints understand this and taught this principle throughout his ministry. These promises are to be taken literally. They are not cunningly devised fables.
If you are willing to accept Christ’s Gospel on its own terms and exercise faith to receive these things, then you too are called to the throne of grace to receive Him, and He to receive you. ….more
Your ability to effectively dialogue with God, walk and talk with Him and eventually have a personal audience with Him in mortality is one of the primary common denominators of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“…. he is entitled to entertain angels; he is entitled to view the visions of eternity; and if we would like to go the full measure, he is entitled to see God the same way that any prophet in literal and actual reality has seen the face of Deity.”… more
One of the great privileges of the Gospel that has existed in every dispensation, is the privilege of obtaining a personal visitation of the Lord. The scriptures are replete with accounts of those who have sought and obtained this great gift. A notable few of those who have obtained the privilege of conversing with the God of heaven face to face include Adam, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Peter, James, John, Paul, Lehi, Nephi, the brother of Jared, Alma, Moroni, the Nephite Twelve, Joseph Smith, and many others. It is also undoubtedly true that countless others, whose names are unknown to history, also obtained this sweet gift. …more
This is no imaginary tale. You can part the veil and stand in the presence of God while you are still among the living. You can have this special gift called the Second Comforter. This experience is no less than to be an actual witness of Jesus Christ; to hold Him and touch the marks in His hands, feet, and side; to hear Him tell you who you are, and bless you. And then your education truly begins, as God unfolds to you the mysteries. I did not want to write this book but I was instructed to because it would help others. I am a witness of Him, but for now, I am to limit what I share and how I share it. The day will come when I and many others will stand in public, and before the world, to make it known that the Day of the Lord is come. But at this time, my effort is to assist those who need to awaken and come to know the Lord. …more
The first time I was in the presence of the Lord, I was hiding in my little boy’s bedroom closet so I could pray privately (yes, sometimes it requires hiding in the closet for this mom to find quietude). I went to the Savior to tell Him that I had done all that I understood would bring the gift of His presence into my life, and that I wanted to know Him. I asked … more
I am to bear witness that I have conversed with the Lord through the veil, that I have heard His voice, that I have stood in His presence and that He the Lord does live, and is alive today, and that both He and the Father desire all to come unto them and that He will succor them and reveal Himself to them. (D&C 93:1) They are of one heart and one mind and He invites all to become one with them, they are both glorified beings beyond what words can describe, nor any power of man could possibly covey, the Father being a personage of Spirit, Power, and Glory and the Son like unto Him being a Personage of Power and Glory tabernacled in the flesh. Joseph Smith knew what he was saying when he wrote the Lectures on Faith, especially lecture fifth. …more