Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wilford Woodruff on revelation and the strength of women in the Church

Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) was called as an apostle in 1839 by Joseph Smith, and sustained as the 4th president of the Church in 1889.  He served until his death in 1898 at age 91.
"Oh! Ye Latter-day Saints, you talk about revelation, and wonder if there is any revelation. Why, bless your souls, say nothing about the Apostles and Elders around me, these mountains contain thousands upon thousands of devoted women, holy women, righteous women, virtuous women, who are filled with the inspiration of Almighty God. Yes, these women have brought forth an army of sons and daughters in these mountains, by the power of God, and these sons and daughters partake of the inspiration of their mothers, as well as of their fathers.... Yes, we have revelation. The Church of God could not live twenty-four hours without revelation."
- Wilford Woodruff, Deseret Weekly, 45:545, October 9, 1892; see Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 61
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This statement was shared in 1892, a few months before the dedication of the Salt Lake temple. Life was quite different in the Utah territory (didn't become a state until 1896) than it is today. But I think the message of this quote still rings true. Revelation abounds, and one of the greatest recipients of that gift are the faithful and sensitive women in Zion.

The question then is, am *I* receiving the revelation that I should? If not, why not? Joseph Smith taught, “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them..." (History of the Church, 3:380).

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