I have been on this forum for a long time. I know many of you by name, but not in person, however, I consider you friends. For the most part, I keep to myself on the forum, especially when it comes to my sacred experiences, except when called upon by the Spirit to share. For the past little while, I have felt the Spirit directing me to share my most sacred experiences with you, because I believe they will be helpful for you on your journey to see the face of the Savior.
I appreciate so much, Brother Stroud’s most recent podcast, because he was able to find references to back up everything I have experienced in my own journey. He and I spoke several weeks ago and it was wonderful to talk with him and share those things that I am about to share with you. The Spirit was very much a part of the conversation and witnessed to both of us the truthfulness of my experiences.
Please know that I don’t make it a habit to share my most sacred experiences, but the Spirit continues to remind me that I need to share with this group so that you can know how to see God’s face, and to know that it is possible in this life.
In the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, he says, “four destroying angels [are] holding power over the four quarters of the earth until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads, which signifies sealing the blessing upon their heads, meaning the everlasting covenant, thereby making their calling and election sure.”
Until God’s people are sealed in their foreheads, the destroying angels in the four corners of the earth will not be fully loosed. This means that God’s people need to know and understand how to make that happen for themselves. This is why I feel it is important that I share my experience. I know that everyone’s experience is different, but I believe the steps we each need to take to get there are the same.
I have kept silent on this subject because I did not want to be accused of casting my pearls before swine, but I do not believe I am doing that. In the Cambridge Dictionary, that means, “to offer something valuable or good to someone who does not know its value." I believe I am casting my pearls before friends, because they know the value of it and will treasure it accordingly. These events are VERY sacred to me, so please be kind, and treasure them as you would any pearl of great price.
My second comforter experience came almost five years ago, and it came in the temple. I had just read Visions of Glory and I was very worried about the future, and the future of my family. I had been awakened many times in the night to spirits in my bedroom. I could not see them, but I felt them, and I could feel their thoughts. This frightened me. It was a new gift of the Spirit that I was experiencing, and I did not know how to react to it. My Relief Society had a temple trip one Saturday morning and I decided to join them to ponder more about the new gift and to find peace in the temple.
While I was in the temple, as I was watching the video, I thought to myself, “If I can communicate with angels, then I should be able to talk with Adam.” So I called out his name in my mind. I felt him answer. I asked him how it was that he was able to leave the beautiful Garden of Eden and go into the lone and dreary world. I asked him how I was going to be able to live in the world presented in Visions of Glory and still find peace. I felt him say two things: that he was strictly obedient and that he put His trust in Father. He said that if I do these two things, I will find joy and peace even in hardship.
I then started doubting. I started thinking, “Am I crazy? Do I really think Adam has the time to talk to me? I really am crazy!” But then I started thinking, well, if it was Adam, then, this is the house of the Lord, and so the Savior should be here. I desired more than anything to talk to Him. So I cried out, “Lord, where art Thou? Please can I speak with Thee?” Nothing… The video ended and with it, I felt I had lost my chance to speak with the Savior, and had resigned myself to the fact that I was indeed crazy.
Then it came time for the prayer circle. They had the witness couple, and everyone else ready to start, when the officiator walked over to me (I was sitting in the front row). He bent over and quietly said, “I feel very strongly that you need to be in the prayer circle today.” I have never ever seen an officiator do this before. I was with the Relief Society, so my husband wasn’t even with me, but the Spirit told me to accept, so I did, and they asked for another brother to volunteer to accompany me.
As soon as I accepted, I could feel the room was filled with angels and they were excited! They kept saying to get ready for something amazing, and that something incredible was about to happen. There were so many angels around that I nearly felt overwhelmed from their excitement. As I stood in the circle, leading up to the prayer, my whole body shook to my very frame. I trembled, knowing that I was going to get my opportunity to see the Savior. There was no doubt in my mind, I knew it.
The moment I covered my head with my veil and closed my eyes, I began to see a bright light that became brighter and brighter until I saw the face of the Savior. The immensity of light and the power of His glory was so great that I couldn’t stop trembling. He told me that He loved me and that I wasn’t crazy. The love and peace I felt was overwhelming and any time I am struggling, I simply revisit that moment, and I am once again at peace.
After the prayer, I was sobbing, and I was so weak that it was difficult to get back to my seat. I just looked around at everyone and wondered how they could be so oblivious to what just happened. My Relief Society President, however, was not. She leaned over and asked what happened in the circle, because the Spirit was stronger than she had ever felt it before. I told her and we both sobbed.
This was my second comforter experience. It was filled with angels, light, and communication directly from the Savior Himself.
As for Calling and Election, I learned about that more recently, just a few months ago. I had been saying my prayers visually for a while, meaning that when I kneel down to pray, I imagine I am kneeling at the feet of Heavenly Father, and I am speaking to Him much like I would my own father, but more reverently. ;) One day, as I tried to visualize it, I felt it was important to make sure I was completely pure and sanctified, so my vision changed and I saw myself at the altar of the temple with the Savior standing as the officiator. I kneeled down and I gave him all my burdens, all my weaknesses, and everything that was keeping me out of the presence of Heavenly Father. I laid it all upon the altar, and He took it, and blessed it and turned it into light and sent it out into the world to bless others. He then filled my heart with light, love and pure joy.
From then on, I did this before every prayer, so that I could be clean and sanctified before I approached Father in prayer. I specifically asked to be forgiven of “all things that keep me from God’s presence.” After several prayers like this, one day, the vision changed, and after I laid everything on the altar and received Christ’s gift in return, He led me to the veil behind Him. He became the officiator at the veil, and He knocked three times. A hand came through the veil and I knew whose it was. We went through the process, just like in the temple, and in the end, God pulled me through the veil, and I stood in His presence. He pulled me in, and hugged me tight. His feelings of love were overwhelming, and I was caught away in the Spirit. I remembered how much I loved Him while I lived in Heaven and how much I missed Him.
We walked arm in arm around the Heavenly throne room and He asked me what I desired most. I told Him that I desired to have my Calling and Election made sure. He looked at me and smiled, and said, “Tiffany, you already have it.” I told Him that I didn’t understand how that was possible since I am so riddled with faults and weaknesses. He said, “My dear daughter, perfection is not required. There will still be many mistakes made, much learning, and experiences to be had even in the millennium. You will always be learning and growing through your experiences. What is required is a pure heart, and I know your heart has always been mine.” I then asked Him, if I already had it, if I could have the gift of John the Beloved instead. He said, “Not yet, for there is still much work for you to do on the earth, but in time, it can be yours.” I thanked Him, and spent several more minutes thanking Him and basking in His goodness and love, and then the vision ended. I ended my prayer and opened my eyes to my bed bathed in tears.
When Brother Stroud says we must see with an eye of faith, he is absolutely correct. Since that time, I have had many beautiful conversations with my Father, and with the Savior, even with Heavenly Mother. They are all there, waiting to talk to us, and they are all cheering us on from Heaven. As I said before, I know everyone’s experience is different, but I truly believe that most, if not all of them, begin with being able to see through the eye of faith, and imagining yourself standing before God, just as Alma taught.
I know God lives, I know the Savior lives. I testify that they are there and if we seek them, we surely will find them. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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