45 years ago today - Sep 26, 1973-Wednesday

[Leonard Arrington]
Brother [Jack] Anderson mentioned two stories connected with [apostle] John W. Taylor, both told to Brother Anderson by President Heber J. Grant. There was a testimony meeting in which one sister got up and spoke in tongues and when the interpretation was made the message was that someone in the audience had seen the Savior the day before in the canyon and it would be a favor if he stood and confessed this. Brother John W. Taylor then stood up and then said he had seen the Savior when he had gone to get wood the day before.

The other story is that when President Grant, then an apostle, was called to be president of the Japanese Mission [in 1901], Elder John W. Taylor came up to him after the meeting in which the announcement was made and said, "Heber, I know that in accepting this call you have made a sacrifice almost as great as Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac on the altar. I know that you have a standing debt of $100,000, but I prophesy that you will go to Japan and that by the time you go you will have adjusted your affairs so that you are no longer in debt. I not only prophesy this but I am going to tell you how to do it." And then he proceeded to tell him what to do and the main thing was to do certain things for that day and not worry about the eventual outcome.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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