125 years ago today - Mar 31, 1896

Meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Temple. Opening prayer by Bro[ther]. Lorenzo Snow. Bro[ther]. Lorenzo Snow expressed his pleasure at being able to meet ... Said that we should desire to live until the Lord Jesus came, and that he knew that it was possible that the brethren could so live as to preserve their bodies and renew them sufficiently to be enabled to live until the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Said that the brethren by care and faith were entitled to live and that there was no necessity for them to have their bodies buried in the ground. Stated that he did not know that it was his privilege, because of his advanced age, to have his life preserved until the coming of the Savior. It was the design of the Gospel to overcome death, and to enable men who are faithful to so live until they are translated ... Franklin D. Richards ... Felt that inasmuch that we are the special witnesses of our Savior that he would like to know more of him. Stated, I rejoice beyond all expression, to be one with you, my brethren, and expressed a desire to have the council of fifty again hold some meetings. Brigham Young [Jr.] had felt deeply touched by what he had felt thus far in our meeting this morning. More than once he had been offended by the actions of his brethren, but when he met with them and partook of the good influence present in our meeting, every spirit of resentment or animosity disappeared ... He felt that a great many of the people were preparing themselves to meet our Lord and Savior when he shall come to reign upon the earth. He felt that a majority of the Latter-day Saints are so living today that their lives and the faithfulness of them was calculated to hasten the time of the coming of the Savior ... If we were only prepared for it and had sufficient faith, President [Wilford] Woodruff, Pres[iden]t. Snow and Bro[ther] Richards would not need to die. While he did not know in the providences of the Lord whether these brethren's lives might be preserved, he felt to pray that they might not be called upon to taste death ...

[Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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