Testimony of Elder Nephi Pratt

N. B. Lundwall, of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman, Montana, has forwarded the Era the following testimony of Elder Nephi Pratt, formerly President of the Northwestern States Mission. It was taken upon the phonograph, he says, about a year before Elder Pratt’s death, and Mr. Lundwall has a record of it in his home at the present time. Here is the testimony, like a voice from the dead:

“I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that he fought with and conquered death that all men might come forth from their graves and live; and if I shall live to meet him face to face, in the great hereafter, and shall behold him in all his glory, even then I shall not know that he is and that he died that men might live more certainly and more surely than I this day know these eternal truths. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God; that holy beings from the bosom of eternity appeared unto him. I know that holy messengers from God laid their sacred hands upon his head and gave him authority to preach the Gospel and administer the ordinances thereof. I know that this great Prophet held the keys to bind and seal on earth that which shall be bound and sealed in Heaven, and that by this authority and power family organization may in this world be formed for eternity, so that when a man and his wife and children shall enter through the veil into the enternal world, their union shall remain and shall continue through the endless ages of eternity. These things God has made known to me; and whether come weal or woe, life or death, I testify that these things are true, and that these unspeakable blessings are within the reach of all who will seek after them. This is my testimony before God and his holy angels, and upon its truths I am willing to stand before my Redeemer in the great judgment day.”

[Improvement Era, 1912]


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