"Sam turned his mind, and his whole heart back to his beloved Master. His request had been fulfilled. Sam understood as completely as it was possible for a mortal to understand what the Savior had done, and why. His praise would now be full, joyous and perfect.
'I will come to you again,' Jesus' glorious voice proclaimed. 'I will come and make my abode with you, and my Father and I will bless your home with our presence. Great shall be your joy, and eternal your reward. Samuel, I have a great task for you to perform yet, and I commission you to its accomplishment before you return to my glory.'
'I will, my Lord,' Sam said earnestly. 'I will do anything. Anything.'
'I know,' came His reply. 'Because of your faithfulness, I desire to bless you. Is there a special gift that I can grant?'
Sam felt his heart soar, then immediately sink. This was his moment to ask the very thing of which he had long dreamed! Yet, he felt not unworthy, but perhaps presumptuous, and dared not voice his deepest desire. Once again, the Savior smiled, and like a trusting child, Sam gazed longingly into His eyes.
'You desire that which John, my beloved disciple, asked of me. It is one of the loftiest gifts one may receive on earth. Remember, Samuel,' he said, as He placed a hand on Sam's shoulder, 'that I called you to this blessed ministry in your Patriarchal blessing, indeed, in the pre-mortal world. From this day, you will live free from the aches and pains of mortal life, immune to temptation, disease, suffering, sorrow, pain and death. I grant you power to accomplish the last great task I require of you. When it is done, and I have come again in my glory, I will receive you unto myself, that your joy, and your glory may be even as mine, that we may together inherit all My Father hath.'
Sam felt the glory all around him beginning to fade, and with deep regret, sensed the Savior withdrawing. He wanted to rush into the light with Him, to remain with Him, yet knew he could not.
'I will come to you again,' Jesus assured him lovingly as the light gathered around Him. The opening through the veil grew smaller until it closed entirely, and Sam was left alone. He sank to his knees a few inches from where the Savior of all mankind had just stood. He reached out and ran his fingers across the deep pile of the carpet which still held the precious imprint of two bare feet. Sam marveled that mere seconds before, He had been here."