JON - some people I have been talking with say that God/Jesus Christ only will communicate face to face with Prophets and the last prophet was Joseph Smith and that would be the last one. I said every man has the right, if God/Jesus to, will speak to them face to face that they are not respectors of persons. I quote James 1 and 5. If they are right then we would not have revelation after moses and Joseph Smith. What do you think?
JOEL - Joseph Smith was not the last one. God appeared to Oliver Cowdery while he was with Joseph Smith in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, April 3, 1836 (D&C 110)
"The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.
We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber."
Here is an experience President Snow had as told by his granddaughter:
“One evening while I was visiting grandpa Snow in his room in the Salt Lake Temple, I remained until the door keepers had gone and the night-watchmen had not yet come in, so grand-pa said he would take me to the main front entrance and let me out that way. He got his bunch of keys from his dresser. After we left his room and while we were still in the large corridor leading into the celestial room, I was walking several steps ahead of grand-pa when he stopped me and said: ‘Wait a moment, Allie, I want to tell you something. It was right here that the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me at the time of the death of President Woodruff. He instructed me to go right ahead and reorganize the First Presidency of the Church at once and not wait as had been done after the death of the previous presidents, and that I was to succeed President Woodruff.’
“Then grand-pa came a step nearer and held out his left hand and said: ‘He stood right here, about three feet above the floor. It looked as though He stood on a plate of solid gold.’
“Grand-pa told me what a glorious personage the Savior is and described His hands, feet, countenance and beautiful white robes, all of which were of such a glory of whiteness and brightness that he could hardly gaze upon Him. “Then he came another step nearer and put his right hand on my head and said: ‘Now, grand-daughter, I want you to remember that this is the testimony of your grand-father, that he told you with his own lips that he actually saw the Savior, here in the Temple, and talked with Him face to face.’” (Improvement Era, September 1933, under the title “An Experience of My Father’s” By LeRoi C. Snow:)
President George Q. Cannon related:
“I know that God lives. I know that Jesus lives; for I have seen Him. I know that this is the Church of God, and that it is founded on Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. I testify to you of these things as one who knows—as one of the Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ that can bear witness to you today in the presence of the Lord that He lives and that He will live, and will come to reign on the earth, to sway an undisputed sceptre.” (Delivered in the October 1896 General Conference and reported in The Deseret Weekly, October 31, 1896, vol. 53, p. 610.)
Our prophets have revelation on a daily basis. Perhaps not in a face to face meeting with the Lord, but they are led by Him nonetheless.
According to the above stories Joseph Smith was not the last one. Normally if God feels it necessary to appear to someone on earth regarding His Church it would be the prophet. But since he is God He can visit anyone He wants.
There are those who's calling and election have been made sure, who have possibly been visited by Jesus, the Second Comforter, who assures them of their exaltation.
Joseph Smith said:
"Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtain this last Comforter [i.e., the promise of eternal life?], he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face." (HC, III, p. 381, TPJS, pp. 150-51, John 14:15-18)
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matt.5: 8, See also D&C 88:68)
So like you I do not agree with those people who say Joseph Smith was the last to see God.
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