February 18, 2023

Melvin J. Ballards Witness of the Savior

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Genevieve Johnson Van Wagenen:

“I shall never forget one sacrament meeting in the Provo First Ward. I was about twelve years at the time. Apostle Melvin J. Ballard was the speaker. He bore his testimony. It was a truly spiritual experience. His testimony thrilled the audience. He told of seeing the Savior. He wept as he told how the Savior took him in his arms and kissed and hugged him and blessed him. And as Apostle Ballard kissed the Savior’s feet he saw the nail prints.

I sat spellbound and enthralled, for I truly felt felt the Lord’s Spirit at the meeting. Apostle Ballard was a wonderful soloist. After speaking he sang “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” The tears rolled down his cheeks as he sang. They rolled down mine too. I felt very close to the Savior. I know that his testimony was true. I desired to live so that I too could be in my Savior’s presence.”

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