125 years ago today - Oct 3, 1895

[Heber J. Grant]
Abraham H. Cannon told of his having had typhoid fever in 1885 and that his spirit left the body and he visited his mother and had a chat with her. He had seen a beautiful country such as brother Merrill had told us of yesterday. His mother told him that he could remain with her if he wished and he said that he would be pleased to remain but when he came to think of his condition and how his family would be left financially if he were to pass away from the earth he decided that he would prefer to return to the earth again. He like brother Merrill had had noticed that there was no sun, but that there was a very brilliant light. I was told by a voice that I could live if I wished to and that the choice rested with me. When I returned to the earth and was about to enter my body again I felt a revulsion of feelings against doing so When I had entered my body and opened my eyes I found my family around me weeping and found that a cloth was tied around my head and preparations were being made to save my body washed as it was thought that I was dead. Brother Franklin D. Richards came in soon after and administered to me and he used the same words that were used when I was with my mother in which I was told that it was for me to decide as to whether I should live or die. I was very sick after that and many times my folks thought that I would die but I knew that I would live as I had decided to live and the promise that I should do so I felt was from the Lord.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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