Our Family Legacy
On another guided tour to the heavenly realm Mother became aware of the fact that in the previous life she had promised to bring a given number of spirits to earth and be their mother here. The Church had issued a Manifesto forbidding further plural marriages and looked with disfavor on so called unlawful cohabitation. In spite of the consequences to her in which her mother and some brothers and sisters condemned her and neighbors and some friends accused her of breaking the law, Mother begged for permission to return to earth so she could fulfill her promise to spirits yet unborn.
After this incident, to make sure that she was in harmony with Church leaders, she consulted Orson F. Whitney, the poet apostle who became her friendly counselor.
It was after the year of 1900, one day I lay down on my bed and took a nap, and while sleeping I thought I passed out of my body, and that Dennison L. Harris (grandfather of President Harris of the B.Y.U.) was there and said he had been sent to escort me to the place where I was to go. I pled with him not to take me, but let me go back into my body and stay with my children until they were all grown, married, and could take care of themselves. He said, the Lord had decided I should come.
As we traveled along the road I found how valuable the Temple ordinances were, as we met the guards along the way. I still pled with him to let me go back and he told me that we would pass the mansion where the Lord lived, and there was no chance for me to go back unless the Lord changed the decision.
Presently we came to the Lord's mansion and were almost in sight of the city where we were to go when I told him to please go in and tell the Lord if he would only let me go back that I would endure everything which came to me of trials. He went into the building and I heard him tell the Lord all that I had said. The Lord said, "If she goes now her salvation is sure, but if she goes back she will have to take chances". And as I stood there and heard their conversation I could see that there were trials and obstacles for me in the future. Brother Harris came and repeated all that had been said, and I told him I would go back and take chances.
We then returned on the same path on which we came.
I thought it was an awful ordeal to reenter the body, the feeling was like one's limbs going to sleep, as we call it, only intensified a hundred times. And when I awoke my face and head, even my nose had that awful feeling in them.
I arose then, knelt, and thanked the Lord for life and health, for my family and the many blessings I had received from Him from my earliest recollections.
This is from a combined biography of my mother (Lorena's daughter Pearl) written by all of her children. It reads:
"Soon after Pearl and Floyd were married Pearl had a dream. In the dream she said, a Heavenly Being appeared to her and asked her if she was willing to have twelve children. She told him she would, then she saw all twelve children. She knew the sex of each one. She counted them, but wasn't quite sure if there were only twelve because in the distance she thought there was another one, but she didn't know for sure. She saw this dream over the second time that same night. As each one of the children were born she knew if the baby would be a girl or boy, that is she knew all but the baby, Pearl, who was the thirteenth."
The story (folklore) goes that Pearl was the child that Grandma was supposed to have. My mother was 44 years old when Pearl was born. Pearl was born with a bad heart and had Downs Syndrome.
I couldn't find the part that tells about Grandpa Larsen coming in the night dressed as a woman to Grandma's home. He chopped wood for her and many times stayed the night leaving before dawn the next morning.
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