Where the Sealing Powers Returned: A Photo Essay of the Kirtland Temple | Meridian Magazine Meridian Magazine

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July 20, 2024


We have been thrilled beyond words since the announcement about the Kirtland Temple and other significant historical properties, just as we were on Sunday, April 4, 1999, when President Gordon B. Hinckley announced that the Nauvoo Temple would be rebuilt. These are days never to be forgotten. Amazingly, President M. Russell Ballard said, as he was filmed in the Kirtland Temple shortly before he passed away, “We must never lose sight of our pioneer forefathers. I’ve spoken to this issue many times. If we ever lose sight of our forefathers and those who made it possible for us to have what we have, we will have lost something that is irreplaceable.” In keeping with that admonition, we have pulled out some of our photographs of the Kirtland Temple and captioned them with quotes and facts from the glorious time of the dedication so that you can become familiar with this, one of the crown jewels of the Church of Jesus Christ. President Russell M. Nelson said, “Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory.” Read the captions beneath each photo.

Keith HansenMarch 8, 2024

Thank you for the photos, the history and the marvelous words.

Claudia Henderson SmithMarch 8, 2024

How did you get to take pictures inside? When we were there, the guide told us no pictures inside.


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