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The meetings of the school of the prophets became the setting for many powerful spiritual experiences... Joseph reported on the first two months of schooling:

Great joy and satisfaction continually beamed in the countenances of the School of the Prophets and the saints, on account of the things revealed, and the progress in the knowledge of God. (History of the Church, Vol.1, Ch.24, p.333)

Several accounts of spiritual manifestations in the school are available. Zebedee Coltrin, is the author of the most dramatic. The following is from Coltrin's account:

About the time the school was first organized some wished to see an angel, and a number joined in a circle, and prayed when the vision came, two of the brethren shrank and called for the vision to close or they would perish, they were Bros. Hancock and Humphries.

At one of these meetings after the organization of the school, on the 23rd January, 1833, when we were all together, Joseph having given instructions, and while engaged in silent prayer, kneeling, with our hands uplifted each one praying in silence, no one whispered above his breath, a personage walked through the room from East to west, and Joseph asked if we saw him. I saw him and suppose the others did, and Joseph answered that is Jesus, the Son of God, our elder brother. Afterward Joseph told us to resume our former position in prayer, which we did. Another person came through; He was surrounded as with a flame of fire. He (Bro. C[oltrin]) experienced a sensation that it might destroy the tabernacle as it was of consuming fire of great brightness. The Prophet Joseph said this was the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I saw Him. This appearance was so grand and overwhelming that it seemed I should melt down in His presence, and the sensation was so powerful that it thrilled through my whole system and I felt it in the marrow of my bones. The Prophet Joseph said: Brethren now you are prepared to be Apostles of Jesus Christ, for you have seen both the Father and the Son. (Zebedee Coltrin Journal, 23 January 1833, Church Archives)

John Murdock, who attended the school and boarded with Joseph reported a vision of the Savior.

During the winter that I boarded with Bro. Joseph, as just mentioned, we had a number of prayer meetings, in the prophet's chamber, in which we obtained great blessings. In one of these meetings the prophet told us if we could humble ourselves before God, and exercise strong faith, we should see the face of the Lord. And about midday the visions of my mind were opened, and the eyes of my understanding were enlightened, and I saw the form of a man, most lovely, the visage of his face was sound and fair as the sun. His hair a bright silver grey, curled in most majestic form, His eyes a keen penetrating blue, and the skin of his neck a most beautiful white and he was covered from the neck to the feet with a loose garment, pure white, whiter than any garment I have ever before seen. His countenance was most penetrating, and yet most lovely. And while I was endeavoring to comprehend the whole personage from head to feet it slipped from me, and the vision was closed up. But it left on my mind the impression of love, for months, that I never felt before to that degree.(John Murdock Journal, typescript, BYU-A, p.13)

Author: School of the Prophets—Multiple, Source: http://www.ldsliving.com/lessons/dc-23.htmlSaved by dyejo in vision savior school prophets journal kirtland john murdock 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is through the repeated process of feeling impressions, recording them, and obeying them that one learns to depend on the direction of the Spirit more than on communication through the other five senses.
Author: Richard G. Scott, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=11954Saved by richardkmiller in obedience communication learning holyghost journal feeling 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Throughout the remainder of my life, I will seek to learn by what I hear, see, and feel. I will write down the important things I learn, and I will do them.
Author: Richard G. Scott, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=11954Saved by richardkmiller in learning journal writing feeling hearing seeing 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

And I know that the record which i make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.
Author: Nephi, Source: 1 Nephi 1:1,3Saved by mlsscaress in experience knowledge scripture journal personal record nephi 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Every important event in our lives should be placed in a record, by us individually...If you have accomplished something worth while during the day, put it down; it may be of use to posterity.
Author: Joseph Fielding Smith, Source: Doctrines of Salvation, 2:204Saved by mlsscaress in write journal answers daily source accomplishments 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There is something eternal in the very nature of writing, as is so graphically illustrated by the scriptures themselves. In a very real sense, our properly written histories are a very important part of our family scripture and become a great source of spiritual strength to us and to our posterity.
Author: John H. Gorberg, Source: Ensign, May 1980, p. 48Saved by mlsscaress in self strength family scripture journal writing answers posterity source 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I personally believe that the writing of personal and family histories will do more to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the fathers to the children than almost anything we can do.
Author: Hartman Rector, Jr., Source: Ensign, May 1981, p 4Saved by mlsscaress in history journal turningofhearts 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available.
Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals, Ensign, Dec...Saved by mlsscaress in now journal details fresh available 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Any Latter-day Saint family that has searched genealogical and historical records has fervently wished their ancestors had kept better and more complete records. On the other hand, some families possess some spiritual treasures because ancestors have recorded the events surrounding their conversion to the gospel and other happenings of interest, including many miraculous blessings and spiritual experiences. People often use the excuse that their lives are uneventful and nobody would be interested in what they have done. But I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations.

Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us—and as our posterity read of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted.
Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals, Ensign, Dec...Saved by mlsscaress in genealogy journal record acquainted eternities 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We hope you will begin as of this date. If you have not already commenced this important duty in your lives, get a good notebook, a good book that will last through time and into eternity for the angels to look upon. Begin today and write in it your goings and your comings, your deeper thoughts, your achievements, and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. We hope you will do this, our brothers and sisters, for this is what the Lord has commanded, and those who keep a personal journal are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives.
Author: President Spencer W. Kimball, Source: President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals, Ensign, Dec...Saved by mlsscaress in duty write testimony commandment thoughts journal impressions daily achievements failures associations 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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