40 years ago today - Jan 8, 1980-Tuesday

[Leonard Arrington]
Visiting my office this afternoon for an hour or two was Anselm Spring ... He asked me very specifically whether we had in the archives record of the apostles seeing Jesus. I told him about the experience of [apostles] Melvin J. Ballard and Charles Callis and told him there were likely others which I hadn't read. I told him that General Authorities were very hesitant about telling sacred experiences. He was very concerned about this; said that it was his understanding that every apostle would be given a sure knowledge of Jesus as the Lord and Savior, and presumably this meant seeing Jesus. And if every apostle sees Jesus, we ought to have an account of it. He read to me a number of scriptures which indicate that the apostles have the right to see Jesus and to touch him, and that they have an obligation to proclaim this. There was no hesitancy on the part of Paul, Peter, and other early apostles in telling about their sacred experiences. We should proclaim it to all the world and not hide it under a bushel.

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

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