It was was the last talk on conference Sunday, October 2, 1977. President Spencer W. Kimball quoted a verse of scripture that stuck with me ever since. I had read it before, but this was different.
I had been on my mission for nearly a year. Oh, how we hungered and thirsted for the word of God in those days! For the first time, all of conference was piped into the chapels by telephone (what they called a WATS line in those days). To here these words live while serving in the mission field was a treasure and a blessing.
Here are the words, a prophet quoting a prophet:
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. (2 Peter 1:16.)
Of Peter’s testimony, President Kimball also said:
Perhaps one of the last of Peter’s testimonies was borne to all the people, both those who had been converted to the gospel and those who would in the future be influenced by his statement, throughout all time a memorial to be remembered. As this great prophet faced his death and knew that it would not be long until he would discard this body tabernacle and pass into the other world, he determined to write his testimony message so that coming generations might all have his witness. It has been read and heard by countless millions.
While serving as a missionary, the prophet’s words were seared on my soul. Clean, pure words, words of testimony. It was as if he said, “I am not making this up, nor have I been deceived. I am an eyewitness of His majesty.”
I remember that day feeling that these words were true, that President Kimball was letting us know what he knew for himself, though he quoted on of his predecessors. I haven’t forgotten the power of those words. I hope I never do.