A heavenly manifestation given to Heber Q. Hale, President of the Boise Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as related by him a the Genealogical conference held in the Auditorium of the Bishop’s Building, Salt Lake City, Utah, October, 1920. (Requested by the Presidency of the Church in 1920.)
“It is with a very humble
“I was not conscious of anything that transpired during the hours mentioned, except what I experienced in this manifestation. I did not turn over in bed, nor was I disturbed by any sound, which indeed is unusual for me. Whether it be called a dream, an apparition, a vision or a pilgrimage of my spirit into the world of spirits, I know not. I care not. I know that I actually was and experienced the things related in this heavenly manifestation, and they are as real to me as any experience of my life.
HEAVENLY MANIFESTATION by Heber C. Hale, President of Boise Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints It is with a very humble and grateful spirit that I attempt to relate on this occasion, by request, a personal experience which is very sacred to me. I must of necessity be brief. Furthermore, there were certain things made known to me which I don’t not feel at liberty to relate here. Let me say by way of preface that between the hours of 1:00 AM and 7:30 AM on the night of January 20, 1920, while alone in a room at the home of my friend, W. J. Rawson of Carey, Idaho, this glorious manifestation was vouchsafed to me.
I was not conscious of anything that transpired during the hours mentioned, except that I experienced in this manifestation. I did not turn in bed, nor was I disturbed by any sound, which is indeed unusual for me. Whether it be called a dream, an apparition, a vision or a pilgrimage of my spirit into the world of spirits, I know not–I care not. I know that I actually saw and experienced the things related in this Heavenly Manifestation, and they are as real to me as any experience of my life. For me, at least, this is sufficient.
Of all the doctrines and practices of the Church, the vicarious work for the dead had been the most difficult for me to comprehend and whole-heartedly accept. I consider this vision as the Lord’s answer to the prayer of my soul on this and other certain questions. I passed but a short distance from my body through a film into the world of spirits. This was my first experience after going to sleep. I seemed to realize that I had passed through the change called death and I so referred to it in my conversation with the immortal beings with whom I came immediately into contact. I readily observed their displeasure at our use of the word “death” and the fear we attached to it. They use there another word in referring to the transition