Local and Other Matters.
From Monday’s Daily, May 7.
Yesterday afternoon the congregation was first addressed by Elder Orson Pratt, who discoursed upon the coming of the Saviour in the latter days. He quoted from the Scriptures and reasoned thereon, showing how, in past ages and dispensations, the Lord had commanded his people to build temples in which he manifested his power and glory. He also dwelt somewhat upon the fact that the Latter-day Saints had been commanded to build temples to the name of the Lord, and spoke of the revelation given through Joseph Smith, which stated that on a certain spot of ground consecrated for the purpose, in Jackson County, Missouri, a temple would be reared before the generation existing at the time the revelation was given (1832) had all passed away, and the glory of God would be in it and rest upon it, and the Lord would suddenly come to his Temple, previous to his coming in his glory surrounded by the hosts of heaven. Those who should have the privilege of beholding the Lord in the Temple would be able to testify of a surety, to the nations, that they knew that he lived; for they had seen him with their eyes and their ears had listened to his voice. Temples were built that in them the Lord might manifest himself more fully to his people, and instruct them in things that had been kept hid from before the foundation of the world.
[Deseret News, May 9, 1877]
[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Sept. 2006]