I SAW MOTHER ENTER [Take Two]
“At the time referred to (about three months after mother's death*), I had retired to bed between nine and ten o'clock at night. My husband was out to a High Council meeting which usually kept him to a late hour. A baby, six months old, was by my side, and twin girls two years older, lay in a crib in the same room. The latter acted restless and I was about to arise and look after them. There was rushing, as of wind, and a rustling as of autumn leaves, that filled me with a kind of timid fear. Just then the room lighted with a soft white light, and I wondered how the moon could be so bright, as the room seemed lighter than at midday. At this point I saw mother enter the door, looking as natural as life. She came directly to my bedside and greeted me.”
*It was probably in September or early October 1885.
[At this point in my journey through my great grandmother Lerona’s memoir, I am travelling down a familiar road. For nearly decades, in my visual journals, I have experimented with drawings and collages of Lerona visiting the Spirit World with her mother Lucinda. I made a large painted folio of the vision (after several misguided attempts), and in 2008 the Mormon Artists Group published a version. You can see the prospectus here: