100 years ago today - Oct 3, 1918
While ill at home, President Joseph F. Smith began pondering the mission of Christ to those who were dead, particularly as considered in I Peter 3: 18-20 and 4:6. "As I pondered over these things," he wrote, "the eyes of my understanding were opened, and the Spirit of the Lord rested upon me, and I saw the hosts of the dead, both small and great." These spirits of faithful men and women met with Christ, and Christ organized them to carry the missionary work to the spirits in prison. In addition, Christ ministered unto these people and "gave them power to come forth, after his resurrection from the dead, to enter into his Father's kingdom." On Oct 31, 1918, Joseph Fielding Smith brings the revelation to the Twelve. He reads it to the council, and the apostles "accepted it as true and from God." During the presidency of Spencer W. Kimball, this revelation is added to the church's Doctrine and Covenants as Section 138.