History of the Church

Opening the Heavens: The Restoration of Temple Keys and Powers (Chapter Only)
April 3, 2019
History of the Church
Opening the Heavens: The Restoration of Temple Keys and Powers (Chapter Only)
Author Steven C. Harper

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Steven C. Harper. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history. To download the PDF and read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

On Sunday, April 3, 1836, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and accepted the Kirtland Temple as his house. Ministering angels followed. Moses, Elias, and Elijah each committed priesthood keys needed to gather Israel, endow the Saints with power, and seal the human family together in anticipation of the great and dreadful day of the Lord (D&C 110). Joseph had the events of the day recorded in his journal. Read this free chapter on key manifestations in the Kirtland Temple for more context.

In this chapter, Steven C. Harper reproduces the richest historical documents associated with the dedication of the Kirtland Temple--the contemporary writings of eyewitnesses. They are published here together as a collective testimony of the fulfillment of divine promises to reward righteousness and sacrifice by the bestowal of spiritual gifts, ministering angels, and restoration of priesthood keys to endow the faithful with power.