Gaze Into Heaven is a carefully compiled collection of more than 50 near-death experiences that occurred during the early years of the Church. These documented accounts give fascinating glimpses into the Spirit World by those who have actually been there. Besides being filled with stories of insight and inspiration, Gaze Into Heaven has pertinent quotes from latter-day Prophets and other leaders, scriptures, and perceptive commentary. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way.
Most of us have wondered exactly what will happen when we die. What does the Spirit World look like? Will we see departed family members and friends? What do people do there? Do spirits there know what is happening on earth? What did people who had near-death experiences learn from their visit? All of these questions and many more are answered in Gaze Into Heaven.There have been many books written about modern day near-death experiences, but this book is the first to focus solely on those that took place in early church history.
Studying near-death experiences can bless us with a better understanding of this life and increase our knowledge of the life to come. By reading about those who actually entered the spirit world and saw conditions there, we can benefit from the insights they gained and use that information to reevaluate our lives and use our time on earth productively.
How I came up with the title
Quote from a reader
I asked Marlene how she became interested in her topic. She said:
I didn’t set out to write a book about near-death experiences—I stumbled upon it—and it was the best accident I ever had! I was researching for my first book, Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, (true stories about people who risked their life for the gospel) when I came across a couple of near-death experiences. I was fascinated and jotted down the references and put them aside, thinking I’d come back to them after I finished my book.
Then I began finding truly amazing stories about angels who came to earth to comfort, inspire, or direct early latter-day Saints. I then started on a book of angelic experiences, (And There Were Angels Among them), which eventually expanded into two more books on people who had actually seen or heard an angel. (Visits from Beyond the Veil and By the Ministering of Angels).
It seems like I lived in libraries for a long time. J While I did some research at BYU, the University of Utah, and Utah State, the majority of experiences for all of these books came from the Church History Library and the Church Archives. While there, I pored through old newspapers, early church magazines, and in the archives, looked at countless collections of papers, journals, letters, and microfilms.
I was so excited each time I found a near-death experience. The warm feelings that enveloped me while reading them convinced me they would make a fabulous book. It’s been such a comfort reading them and knowing that life continues on in an absolutely beautiful place and that people there are happy, active, and at peace. I am amazed at how well these near-death experiences correlate to Church doctrine. It is a great testimony builder to read them. And a great comfort. (Visit Marlene online here.)
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