His name is Andrew Clarets Nelson. They called him Acee, he died when my father was 17 years old. So I never knew my grandfather, Nelson. He’s the only one of my four grandparents.
I did not know when my grandfather, A.C. Nelson, was a young husband and father, just 27 years old. His father died. Then about three months later, his father, now deceased, came to visit him. The date of that visit was the night of April 6th, 1891, grandfather Nelson was so impressed by his father’s visit that he wrote the experience in his own journal for his family and his friends. And thanks to your encouragement, I took his journal entry and created this document and made copies of this document for every member of the family.
Listen to my grandfather’s words about that sacred experience. I was in bed when father entered the room. He came and sat on the side of the bed. He said. Well, my son is I had a few spare minutes, I received permission to come and see you for a few minutes. I am feeling well and my son and I have had very much to do since I died. What have you been doing since you died, Father? I’ve been traveling together with the apostle Erastus Snow ever since I died, that is since three days after I died, I received my commission to preach the gospel.
You cannot imagine, my son, how many spirits there are in the spirit world that have not yet received the gospel, but many are receiving it. And a great work is being accomplished. Many are anxiously looking forward to their friends who are still living to administer for them in the temples. I’ve been very busy preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Father, can you see us at all times? And you know what we are doing? Oh no, my son. I have something else to do. I cannot go when and where I please. There is just as much and much more order here in the spirit world than in the other world. I have been assigned work to do and it must be performed. We intend to go to the Templer, get sealed to your father as soon as we can, that, my son, is part of what I came to see you about.
We will yet make a family and live throughout eternity.
Father. Is it natural to die? It is just as natural to die as it is to be born or for you to pass out of that door. Here he pointed at the door when I told the folks that I could not last long. It turned dark and I could not see anything for a few minutes.
Then the first thing I did see was a number of spirits in the spirit world. The paper you gave me, my son, is dated wrong, but it makes no particular difference, correct? Records are kept here.
The gospel of Jesus Christ has within it the power of saving every man and woman that will obey it. And in no other way can they ever obtain salvation in the kingdom of God.
My son always cling to the Gospel.
My grandfather’s visit with his departed father happened 27 years before President Joseph Smith’s vision of the redemption of the dead, dated 1980. That vision has become Section 138 of the doctrine and covenants. From President Smith’s experience, he taught that the faithful elders continued doing missionary work after they depart from this mortal life. And I’m sure that’s not just the elders. It would be the sisters to.