Solemn Assembly

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(This is an excerpt from All that was Promised by Blaine M. Yorgason.

On 6 April 1877, in a solemn assembly gathered together in one of the temple’s two main priesthood rooms, the temple was finally dedicated fully. The room was filled to standing room only for the sacred and historic occasion. The Parowan Choir sang the opening hymn: “The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee.” Normal conference business was conducted; speakers addressed the assembly; and President D.H. Wells, second counselor in the First Presidency, offered the dedicatory prayer.

President Wells mentioned how blessed the Saints had been after gathering in the American West to be able to survive in the desert, build homes, raise crops, and gather the materials of which this temple was composed. “We now dedicate and consecrate it to Thee that it may be holy unto Thee the Lord our God, for sacred and holy purposes.” He went on to mention each part of the building: the foundation, the walls, the floors, the baptismal font, each of the five floors and their rooms, the roof and timbers and frames, the steps, the water pipes, chimneys, sewers, doors, windows—the entire building—“from the foundation unto the top thereof, that all may be holy unto the Lord our God.” President Wells then sought blessings for those who served and attended the temple:

“We implore Thy blessings upon the various congregations of Thy people who may assemble in this House from time to time, both in their incomings and outgoings and may Thy blessing and Thy Spirit dwell herein and rest upon them for their comfort and edification, and abide richly in their hearts, that they may learn further of Thy ways and walk in Thy paths. . . . We acknowledge Thee and the great deliverance Thou hast wrought out for us, and we pray Thee, O God, in the name of Jesus, to accept of these Thy servants and the people and preserve and keep us in Thy most holy keeping.”

All That Was Promised, Blaine M. Yorgason, pp. 296-7.

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