Cory Clay: The Wilford Woodruff Papers Have Taught Me How a Prophet Works and Thinks

Videographer: Vincent Pelina

Speaker: Cory Clay



My name is Cory and I am an editorial assistant with the Wilford Woodruff Papers.

I've learned a lot from the Wilford Woodruff Papers, as I've been reading through his journals, I learned a lot about how a prophet works, how he thinks and how he gains inspiration, revelation. I was transcribing his journals the other day, and there's a certain part where he was just reflecting on the past year. It was December 31st, 1889, and then the next year is gonna be 1890, which is a big year in church history. That's when the manifesto comes out that ends polygamy and changes a lot of culture in the church.

He said on that day, I believe that this upcoming year is going to bring a lot of changes to the church. Like he had this kind of faint impression about something that would come later, and I think that's the way lots of answers can come to us when we're seeking revelation. It comes as we have ideas in our minds, what we gain, we first gain impressions from God, and then He builds those impressions into something more real and tangible in our lives.