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Wilford Woodruff’s Vital Question: How Does Eternity Feel Today?
By Jennifer Ann Mackley
Wilford Woodruff once asked, “What is there that can tempt any man to depart from the Gospel of Christ?” This question followed his stated belief in the resurrection, the promise of life with our loved ones, our Savior, and our Heavenly Parents. He said, “We have everything to encourage us. When you think of eternal life; when you think of the heavenly hosts; when you think of those that have gone before us, awaiting the final resurrection . . . [to] enter into His glory, what is there that can tempt any man to depart from the Gospel of Christ?” …
Insights in the Papers: Amy Hepworth
By Connor Olvera
“The doctors said I could not live,” Wilford Woodruff recorded.
Just after the completion of the Salt Lake Temple, President Woodruff stood at death’s doorstep. Medical professionals gave a bleak diagnosis. However, he was preserved by the hand of God.
In his June 24, 1894 discourse, he testified, “My life was spared because this people were putting up petitions in my behalf continually before God. I feel to bless you my brethren and sisters. May He help us all to do our duty, and be prepared for the great events coming upon this earth.” The Saints’ powerful prayers brought God’s blessings to prolong the life of their beloved Prophet …
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