Three people that in my mind I knew were Peter, James, and John were in heaven, and they were walking away,” Smith says. Be my pen pal.’”Smith would need those letters and that encouragement later in his mission as Elder Perry wrote to him during the entire two years.
As the three figures walked away, the clouds parted and a ladder descended from the heavens, leading to earth. While serving as a missionary in Honduras, Smith’s fiancé married another man and his parents divorced.“That’s a trip. And when they hit start and stop can be a week or two weeks apart, but when you are listening to it, it is only seconds apart. I’ll catch up with you in a day or two.’ Click, click.
But once the distinct, accented voice came through the other line, Smith knew it wasn’t a prank.
He was speaking to an apostle, and President Uchtdorf had just one question for Smith: would he share his story.
“I never understood that dream until I read about the Melchizedek priesthood and how Peter, James, and John came down and [restored it on earth],” Smith says. Already in his mid-20s, Smith had no plans to serve a mission, no funds, a fiancé, and ambitions to become an attorney. Nobody cares I’m here.’ She said, ‘Could you hold please? He dated and married a woman he met on his mission, began attending Western Michigan University Cooley Law School fulltime, and started a fulltime job to pay his way through school—a feat unheard of for those in rigorous law programs. Had the question arisen during the debate in the run-up to today’s crucial primary election in his home state of Michigan, the multi-millionaire former private equity company boss would have struggled to come up with a precise figure, even with his considerable grasp of numbers.