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"My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."

Proverbs 3:11-12

President Kimball and the Hospital Orderly


While under anesthesia from throat surger, President Kimball corrects an orderly who took the name of God in vain.


Spencer W. Kimball In the 1970's, President Spencer Kimball had to undergo surgery. While President Kimball was under surgical anesthetic, he was being wheeled down the hall in the hospital by a young orderly. As the orderly pushed the bed carrying the prophet through the door, he accidentally smashed his finger between the metal door frame and the metal frame of the bed. Angry and in pain, the orderly took the name of Jesus Christ in vain. Still drugged and only half-conscious, the prophet opened his eyes and managed to gently rebuke the orderly by saying, "Young man, please don't say that. He's my best friend. I love Him more than anything in this world." After the orderly composed himself, he answered softly, "I shouldn't have said that. I'm sorry."



Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball Jr., "Spencer W. Kimball", 1977, p. 264