Sunday, May 5, 2013

Kirtland Temple Dedication: The Pentecostal Season at Kirtland

I discovered that somehow I only read half of the papers of this series about the Kirtland Temple.  I missed some of the earlier happenings, such as the vision given January 21, 1836.  The Priesthood Leadership was in the temple and performing the ordinances of washing and anointings.  It was while they were anointing Joseph Sr. that a vision was opened to Joseph.  In this vision Joseph saw the Celestial Kingdom, and his brother Alvin in that Kingdom.  Joseph wondered how this could be so in light of his passing away before the restoration of the gospel.  And received his answer:
 I saw Father Adam and Abraham; and my father and my mother; my brother Alvin, that has long since slept;

 And marveled how it was that he had obtained an inheritance in that kingdom, seeing that he had departed this life before the Lord had set his hand to gather Israel the second time, and had not been baptized for the remission of sins.

 Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God;

 Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom;

 For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.

 10 And I also beheld that all children who die before they arrive at the years of accountability are saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven.

This  material includes a chart documenting twelve instances of celestial manifestations from January 17 through May 1 of 1836.  These include the gift of tongues, the sound of a mighty wind, visions, pillar of fire, vision of the Savior, heavenly beings or angels, ministering angels, prophesying, voices of angels and vision of The Father and the son.  Well over a thousand different people participated in these events.  
Many sections of the Doctrine and Covenants come from this period. The dedicatory prayer is section 109.  The Heavenly visitation of Jesus, Moses, Elijah and Elias is documented in section 110. 
 Joseph Smith also saw a vision which reassured him that the traveling apostles would be cared for, for he saw Jesus in their midst watching over them.   

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