Eliza R. Snow, General Relief Society President, 1866–1887
[President Joseph] Smith . . . beautifully and in a most powerful manner, illustrated the necessity of the gathering and the building of the Temple that those ordinances may be administered which are necessary preparations for the world to come: he exhorted the people in impressive terms to be diligent—to be up and doing lest the tabernacle pass over to another people and we lose the blessings.
Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich, Early Member of the Church
Many were the blessings
we had received in the house of the Lord which has caused us
joy and comfort in the midst of all our sorrows and enabled
us to have faith in God, knowing he would guide us and
sustain us in the unknown journey that lay before us. For if
it had not been for the faith and knowledge that was
bestowed upon us in that temple by the influence and help of
the Spirit of the Lord, our journey would have been like one
taking a leap in the dark.