Dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Doctrine and Covenants Sections 109, 110. Two Temples. In September 1832 the Saints in Jackson County received a commandment to build a temple and were promised that if they did they would see the Lord there and be endowed with power (D&C 84).
Doctrine and Covenants
Sections 109, 110
“A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto [eternal] life and salvation.”
Lectures on Faith 6:7
“The congregation began to assemble at the temple, at about seven o’clock, an hour earlier than the doors were to be opened. . . . Such was the anxiety on this occasion that hundreds assembled before the doors were opened.”
Following prayer the choir sang a hymn written earlier by Brother William W. Phelps in anticipation of a glorious occasion, "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning."
January 21, 1836
A vision is given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, in the temple at Kirtland Ohio. Joseph was teaching about and administering the ordinances of the endowment as far as they had been revealed.
February 6, 1836
Joseph Smith then saw the recently appointed Quorum of the Twelve “standing together in a circle, much fatigued, with their clothes tattered and feet swollen,… and Jesus standing in their midst, and they did not behold Him. The Savior looked upon them and wept.
“Many of my brethren who received the ordinance [of washing] with me saw glorious visions also. Angels ministered unto them as well as to myself, and the power of the Highest rested upon us. The house was filled with the glory of God, and we shouted Hosanna to God and the Lamb…
“… Some of them saw the face of the Savior,… for we all communed with the heavenly host.” (History of the Church 2:381)
“While George A. Smith was speaking, a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind which filled the Temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; manybegan to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels.”
“David Whitmer bore testimony that he saw three angels passing up the south aisle”
“The people of the neighborhood came running hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple. Others saw angels hovering over the temple and heard heavenly singing.”
George A. Smith
Journal of Discourses
“The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple), and were astonished at what was taking place. This continued until the meeting closed at eleven p.m.”
(History of the Church 2:428)
“I left the meeting in the charge of the Twelve, and retired about nine o’clock in the evening. The brethren continued exhorting, prophesying, and speaking in tongues until five o’clock in the morning.
The retired about nine o’clock in the evening. The brethren continued exhorting, prophesying, and speaking in tongues until five o’clock in the morning. Savior made His appearance to some, while angels ministered to others, and it was Pentecost and an endowment indeed, long to be remembered, for the sound shall go forth from this place into all the world, and the occurrences of this day shall be numbered and celebrated as a year of jubilee, and time of rejoicing to the Saints of the Most High God.”
(History of the Church 2:432-433)
The Spirit of God like a fire is burning!
The latter-day glory begins to come forth
The visions and blessings of old are returning,
And angels are coming to visit the earth.
We’ll sing and we’ll shout
with the armies of heaven,
Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb!
Let glory to them in the highest be given,
Henceforth and forever, Amen and amen!