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Ann Booth's Vision and Early Conceptions of Redeeming the Dead among Latter-day Saints
July 10, 2017
Article of the Week
Ann Booth's Vision and Early Conceptions of Redeeming the Dead among Latter-day Saints
Christopher James Blythe

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Christopher James Blythe that was published in our newest issue, 56:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

In March 1840, Ann Booth, a new Latter-day Saint convert in Manchester, England, had a vision of the spirit world in which she saw an LDS apostle teach and baptize John Wesley. She also saw in vision some of her family be baptized, and she later learned that the apostle she had seen was David W. Patten. Brigham Young, in Manchester, wrote a copy of the vision in a letter to his wife, in Nauvoo, and the vision became known in Nauvoo. Joseph Smith talked about this vision to the Church in October 1840 and taught that spirits will have the gospel taught to them, but they will not be baptized in the spirit world. The article places this vision in the context of a larger conversation about the history of Christian and LDS beliefs regarding the salvation of the unbaptized dead.