Monday, February 22, 2010
At the first great priesthood meeting held at Adam-ondi-Ahman, there was Adam, who conducted, and seven High Priests who were in attendance. The "residue" of those who were present looked on, but the meeting involved these seven High Priests and Adam.
The appearance of the Lord at that meeting was an appearance to the eight, who were involved in the ceremony in which Adam's calling and election was made sure. The on-lookers who were present did not see the Lord, although they could sense something important was underway when the Lord "administered comfort" to Adam. Only those who had been initiated into the High Priesthood were permitted to participate and to view the Lord as He appeared and ministered. You can read about this event in D&C Section 107: 53-56.
We assume the great meeting to be held at Adam-ondi-Ahman in the future will involve a great crowd, and it may. However, if it is a repetition of the pattern from the first, there will be a small number, perhaps only seven or eight, who will see the Lord, with the residue merely sensing something of importance is taking place. (See my earlier post on Daniel's visitation with the Lord.)