FAMILY HISTORY QUOTES
JEDEDIAH GRANT EXPERIENCE AS REPORTED TO HEBER C. KIMBALL BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 1856 (JD VOL 4, pgs 135-6)
‘He said to me, brother Heber I have been into the spirit world two nights in succession, and, of all the dreads that ever came across me, the worst was to have to return to my body, though I had to do it. But O, says he, the order and government that were there! When in the spirit world, I saw the order of righteous men and women; beheld them organized in their several grades, and there appeared to be no obstruction to my vision. I could see every man woman in their grade and order. I looked to see whether was any disorder there, but there was none; neither could I see any death nor any darkness, disorder or confusion. He said that the people he there saw were organized in family capacities; and when he looked a them he saw grade after grade, and all were organized in perfect harmony. He would mention one item after another and say, Why it is just as brother Brigham says it is; it is just as he has told us many a time.
‘He saw the righteous gathered together in the spirit world, and there were no wicked spirits among them…To my astonishment ‘ he said , when I looked at families there was a deficiency in some, there was a lack, for I saw families that would not be permitted together, because they had not honored their calling here.’ ….he saw his wife, Caroline and his daughter who both had died there well in the spirit…. He asked her where Joseph and Hyrum were ; she replied, they have gone away ahead to perform and transact business for us..
He also spoke of the buildings he saw there …saying that ‘the temple erected by Solomon was much inferior to the most ordinary buildings he saw in the spirit world..I have seen good gardens on this earth, but I never saw any to compare with those that were there. I saw flowers of numerous kinds, and some with from fifty to a hundred different colored flowers growing upon each stalk’…after mentioning the things he had seen he spoke of how much he disliked to return and resume his body after having seen the beauty and glory of the spirit world, where the righteous spirits are gathered together.