“Anna, a widow of 84 years who served continually in the temple, recognized the infant Jesus at His presentation in the temple.”

Earl C. Tingey, Presidency of the Seventy
The Widows of Zion,” April 2000 General Conference


“In obedience to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary brought the infant Jesus to the temple at Jerusalem after forty days, to present him to the Lord. There, two aged and spiritual temple workers received a witness of his identity and testified of him. Simeon, who had known by revelation from the Holy Ghost that he should not taste of death until he had seen the Messiah, took the infant in his arms and testified to his divine mission. Anna, whom the scripture called ‘a prophetess’, recognized the Messiah ‘and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem’.

“Anna and Simeon were eyewitnesses to the infant, but, just like the Apostles, their knowledge of his divine mission came through the witness of the Holy Ghost. ‘The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ Therefore, we can properly say that when each received this witness, Simeon was a prophet and Anna was a prophetess. Each then fulfilled the prophetic duty to testify to those around them.”

Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Witnesses of Christ,” October 1990 General Conference



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