Youth must learn to recognize, rely on influence of Holy Ghost
In February of 1847, Brigham Young reported to the brethren who were with him at Winter Quarters, Neb., that Joseph Smith had appeared to him in a dream the night before and given him a message.
The first time I heard this story, my thoughts began to race. What profound message would the martyred Prophet of the Restoration have for the new leader of the Church? Thousands of dispossessed Saints were spread across the plains from eastern Iowa to Winter Quarters and were experiencing dire conditions. They had been living on the open prairie for months and suffering starvation, exposure and illness.
I tried to imagine the most important piece of advice Joseph Smith would have to offer his distressed people from his now expanded viewpoint from the other side of the veil. The message he delivered was unexpected to me, but profound. He said: "Tell the people to be humble and faithful, and be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord, and it will lead them right. Be careful and not turn away the small still voice; it will teach you how to do and where to go. ... Tell the people to be sure to keep the Spirit of the Lord and follow it, and it will lead them just right" (Brigham Young, vision, Feb. 17, 1847, in Brigham Young Office Files, 1832–1878, archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah).
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