Doctrine and Covenants 109: Dedication of the Kirkland Temple

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 125–126

Have you attended a temple dedication? What do you think would be said in a temple dedicatory prayer?Doctrine and Covenants 109is the prayer the Prophet Joseph Smith offeredat the dedication of the first temple in this dispensation—the Kirtland Temple. He wrote this prayer by the spirit of inspiration before the dedication and read it during the dedicatory services. This established a pattern followed since then. The prayers for all temple dedications are prepared by inspiration and read by Brethren appointed to perform the dedication.The prayer inDoctrine and Covenants 109also set a pattern for the language of such prayers.The Kirtland Temple was significant in the history of the Church and of the world. There the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the priesthood keys for the salvation of the entire human family—keys that would make available saving ordinances to the living and the dead.Marvelous spiritual manifestations attended the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Some who were present saw the Apostles Peter and John, and many saw other angels. The Prophet Joseph Smith recorded that during a meeting in the temple on the evening of the dedication, “Brother George A. Smith arose and began to prophesy, when 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; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels, which fact I declared to the congregation. The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and ing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple), and were astonished at what was taking place” (History of the Church,2:428).As part of the temple dedication, the choir sang “The Spirit of God” (Hymns, no. 2), which was written by W. W. Phelps for that occasion. That hymn has continued to be a part of temple dedications.As you readDoctrine and Covenants 109, look for important doctrines concerning the temple and the latter days.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 109

Manifest(v. 5)Make known 
Salutations(vv. 9, 19)Greetings 
Threshold(v. 13)Entrance, door 
Constrained(v. 13)Urged, prompted 
Bear(v. 23)Carry 
Tidings(v. 23)News, messages 
Prevail(v. 26)Dominate, gain advantage 
Naught(v. 30)Nothing 
Slanders(v. 30)Accusations, lies 
Anointing(v. 35)Calling, ordination 
Seal up the law(vv. 38, 46)Bear witness of the truth 
Untoward(v. 41)Disobedient 
Indignation(v. 52)Displeasure, justified anger 
Remnants(vv. 65, 67)Parts separated from the whole, the remaining groups 
Fostering(v. 69)Helping, encouraging 
Connections(vv. 71–72)Relations 
Perpetuated(v. 71)Preserved, remembered 
Petitions(vv. 77–78)Requests, prayers 
Seraphs(v. 79)Angels 
Acclamations(v. 79)Shouts of approval and praise 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 109.

Activity A iconBlessings Flowing from the Temple

InDoctrine and Covenants 109:11, the Prophet prayed for the Lord’s promised blessings upon the Saints. For each of the following verses or groups of verses, explain what blessing the Prophet prayed for in behalf of the whole Church:Doctrine and Covenants 109:12, 13, 14–15, 21, 22–23, 25–30, 35, 38. These are just some of the blessings associated with temple worship.

Activity B iconPraying for Others

  1. 1.

    List the individuals and groups the Prophet Joseph Smith prayed for inDoctrine and Covenants 109:47–72.

  2. 2.

    Were you surprised that the Prophet prayed for anyone you listed? Explain.

  3. 3.

    Choose two of the individuals or groups from your list that you feel the need to pray for. Explain why you think it is important to pray for them.

Activity C iconGive an Example

Give an example of how something inDoctrine and Covenants 109:54–67has been fulfilled since the time the Prophet Joseph Smith offered this prayer. Your example could show how one of his requests has been partially fulfilled.

Activity D iconExplain It to Them

  1. 1.

    What would you say to nonmember friends who asked why they cannot go inside a temple after it is dedicated?

  2. 2.

    What verses inDoctrine and Covenants 109could help you answer their question?