DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
Visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, April 3, 1836. HC 2: 435–436. The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. The Prophet prefaces his record of the manifestations with these words: “In the afternoon, I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the Lord’s Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us.”
, The Lord Jehovah appears in glory and accepts the Kirtland Temple as his house; 11–12
, Moses and Elias each appear and commit their keys and dispensations; 13–16
, Elijah returns and commits the keys of his dispensation as promised by Malachi.
the Lord bstanding
upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure cgold
, in color like amber.
were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his bcountenance
shone above the brightness of the sun; and his cvoice
was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of dJehovah
I am the afirst
and the last; I am he who bliveth
, I am he who was slain; I am your cadvocate
with the Father.
Behold, your sins are aforgiven
you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and brejoice
Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, abuilt
this house to my name.
For behold, I have aaccepted
, and my name shall be here; and I will cmanifest
myself to my people in mercy in this house.
Yea, I will aappear
unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not bpollute
Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the ablessings
which shall be poured out, and the bendowment
with which my servants have been endowed in this house.
And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be apoured
out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.
After this avision
closed, the heavens were again bopened
unto us; and cMoses
appeared before us, and committed unto us the dkeys
of the egathering
of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the fnorth
After this vision had closed, another great and glorious avision
burst upon us; for bElijah
the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
Therefore, the akeys
of this bdispensation
are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful cday
of the Lord is near, even at the doors.