Seven Temples Dedicated
Seven temples were dedicated between the end of February and the end of the first week in April. The wide geographical spread in their locations was an indicator of the continuing worldwide growth of the Church, but one dedication—in Palmyra, New York—touched the lives of more members than any other, both because of its historical significance and because almost 1.5 million members had the opportunity to participate via satellite broadcast.
The Palmyra dedication came on the date marking the 2000th anniversary of the Savior’s birth, and the new temple is within walking distance of the area where the Prophet Joseph Smith received the vision that heralded restoration of the gospel. This was the first time a temple dedication had been broadcast on such a wide scale.
Four of the other temples dedicated during the period were in Mexico, from Ciudad Juárez on Mexico’s northern border with Texas, to Tuxtla Gutiérrez near the southern border with Guatemala.
Palmyra New York Temple
The setting is beautiful in itself—atop a wooded hill in pastoral western New York, a little east of a picturesque older home and a well-crafted log cabin with stands of trees to the west. But the magnificent new building atop this wooded hill becomes even more impressive when the significance of its setting is understood. One of those groves of trees on the west is the place where 14-year-old Joseph Smith Jr. learned in 1820 that important blessings and powers of God had been lost to mankind, and the new building that stands today on the hill to the east is a sacred house of the Lord where some of those blessings may be obtained.
President Gordon B. Hinckley made clear the significance of the place and the building when he dedicated the new Palmyra New York Temple in four sessions on 6 April.
He had said at the groundbreaking for the Palmyra Temple on 25 May 1999: “I regard this temple as perhaps the most significant, in one respect, in the entire Church. It was right here in the Sacred Grove where it all began.” In dedicating the temple on 6 April this year, on the 170th anniversary of the organization of the Church, President Hinckley said: “We have scarcely seen the beginning of what shall come to pass. These are the days of God’s great work in the earth.” He spoke of the Church’s growth to nearly 11 million members, and he bore powerful, repeated testimony that the Church organized by the Prophet Joseph Smith truly is the Church of Jesus Christ and that the vision reported by the young Joseph truly did take place in a nearby grove of trees.
President Hinckley referred to that vision in the dedicatory prayer. “This wondrous event parted the curtain that had been closed for centuries,” he said. “This marvelous appearance, which is the foundation of Thy work in this dispensation, brought back to earth a knowledge of the one true God and the resurrected Lord. Wonderful are the words of the boy Joseph in his description of this transcendent event: ‘When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!’ (JS—H 1:17). …
“Dear Father, we acknowledge that it all began here. We marvel, and we gather today in these precincts which were sanctified by Thy presence and the presence of Thy Son, to dedicate unto Thee and unto Him this, the Palmyra New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
President Hinckley was accompanied at the dedication by President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy, Second Counselor in the Presidency of the North America Northeast Area.
While some 1,200 members were able to attend the four dedicatory sessions in the temple itself, it was estimated that nearly 1.5 million took part through live broadcasts and tape-delay rebroadcasts to their stake centers across the United States and Canada.
There had been snow the day before the dedication, and 6 April began with heavy rain and chill. But bright sunshine broke through the clouds before President Hinckley and others involved in the cornerstone laying stepped out of the temple for that part of the program. After the cornerstone ceremony, when the Church leaders had gone back into the temple, the weather turned blustery, leaving representatives of the news media commenting on the timing of the temporary calm and sunshine.
Local members say reaction to the temple in the community has been very positive. More than 30,700 visitors toured the temple during its open house. The temple will serve approximately 18,000 members in seven stakes.
Ciudad Juárez México Temple
President Gordon B. Hinckley presided at the first of six dedicatory sessions for the Ciudad Juárez México Temple on 26 February. President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, presided at later sessions on 26 and 27 February while President Hinckley traveled to Hermosillo, Mexico.
“May it [the temple] be a house of love where those who labor may realize that the ordinances here administered, for both the living and the dead, assist in bringing to pass the great provisions of the Atonement of Thy Son,” President Hinckley asked in the dedicatory prayer. He also petitioned God to “bless this great nation of Mexico that it may rise and shine among the nations of the earth.”
Other Church leaders participating in the dedicatory services were Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder David R. Stone of the Seventy, First Counselor in the Mexico North Area Presidency.
The new temple will serve more than 36,000 members in 10 stakes and one district. More than 8,000 members, including many from El Paso, Texas, just across the border, attended the dedicatory services. Many of the Mexican members expressed great joy and shed tears of gratitude at having a temple so close by.
Hermosillo Sonora México Temple
President Hinckley dedicated the new Hermosillo Sonora México Temple in four sessions on 27 February.
“It is sacred to us, the place where holy ordinances will be administered for both the living and the dead. Here will be exercised the only authority on earth which reaches beyond the veil of death and is efficacious in the worlds beyond,” he said in the dedicatory prayer.
Other General Authorities participating in the dedicatory service were Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Lynn A. Mickelsen of the Seventy, President of the Mexico North Area.
President Hinckley spoke of the sorrow Father Lehi undoubtedly had felt at the long oppression of his descendants and of the joy that ancient prophet undoubtedly could feel now at seeing the blessings of the temple come to his posterity.
More than 10,500 people visited the temple during its open house. One woman, part of a group of local leaders, commented on the peace and tranquillity she felt, adding, “It is another world, completely different.”
The new temple will serve some 46,200 members in 11 stakes and 6 districts. Nearly 6,000 members attended the dedicatory services.
Sadly, one member, Rosa Hermelinda García de Espinoza, lost her life traveling homeward from the dedication as the bus bound for Los Mochis, Sinaloa, was involved in an accident. Twenty-one other members were injured.
Albuquerque New Mexico Temple
New Mexico’s first temple was dedicated by President Hinckley in four sessions on 5 March.
In the dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley petitioned that the temple be “a sanctuary of peace, a refuge from the noise of the world. … May the light of the gospel that emanates from this holy temple be felt throughout the community.”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy, Second Counselor in the North America Southwest Area Presidency, also took part in the dedicatory services.
Some 70,000 visitors toured the temple during the 10-day open house before its dedication. The temple serves about 50,000 members in New Mexico and parts of Arizona and Colorado. “One of the biggest blessings is being able to go there and reevaluate your life and your priorities,” said Eileen Lewis, a member of the Manzano Ward, Albuquerque East Stake. The temple, she explained, offers the opportunity to ponder without being influenced by the pressures of the world.
Oaxaca México Temple
The Oaxaca México Temple was dedicated in four sessions on 11 March by President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. It was the first temple dedicated by President Faust.
Speaking as voice for other members, he said in the dedicatory prayer, “We have longed for the day when a house of the Lord would be built nearer to us that we might come here often and worship Thee in spirit and in truth, and receive those ordinances, for both the living and the dead, which lead to immortality and eternal life through the great Atonement wrought by our Redeemer, Thy Beloved Son.”
Also participating in the dedicatory services were Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Carl B. Pratt of the Seventy, President of the Mexico South Area.
More than 10,000 people visited the temple during its open house. Among the comments from visitors was this: “One feels a peace there, a tranquillity. It is heavenly!” One member, after touring the temple, said with tears in his eyes that he knew “the Lord loves us very much, and having this temple in our city now makes it seem He has come closer to us.”
The dedicatory services drew more than 18,000 members. The new temple serves more than 26,000 members in 10 stakes, 1 district, and 4 branches.
Tuxtla Gutiérrez México Temple
The Tuxtla Gutiérrez México Temple, in the state of Chiapas on Mexico’s southern border, was dedicated by President James E. Faust in four sessions on 12 March.
“We pray that the faithful Saints of this temple district may look to this hallowed structure, may come here frequently, and may taste of the sweet things which are here offered,” he said in the dedicatory prayer.
“Bless these Thy children. Lift them out of the depths of poverty. Bring new light and understanding into their minds. Cause them to rejoice at Thy watch care over them.”
Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Carl B. Pratt of the Seventy, President of the Mexico South Area, also participated in the dedication.
More than 3,300 members attended the four dedicatory sessions. Temple president Enrique Sanchez said that for many members in this area, the new temple is a dream come true. The temple serves more than 18,000 members in five stakes, one district, and three missions.
Louisville Kentucky Temple
President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, dedicated the new Louisville Kentucky Temple in four sessions on 19 March.
“It is Thy house, a place of holiness. We pray that Thou wilt visit it and cause that Thy Holy Spirit may abide here as the work of salvation and redemption goes forward within these walls,” he said in the dedicatory prayer.
“We plead with Thee, Thou great Elohim, that Thine eternal purposes, Thy great plan of happiness for Thy children, will blossom and grow in this part of Thy vineyard,” he said.
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Loren C. Dunn of the Seventy, President of the North America East Area, also took part in the dedicatory services.
More than 8,000 members attended the four dedicatory services. Many expressed gratitude for the blessings that they expect the temple to bring into their own lives and the lives of their children who will be able to receive endowments and be sealed there in coming years.
The Louisville Kentucky Temple serves approximately 36,500 members in 10 stakes.
Do you really want to know where we are in the timeline? If you do, you can find the answers in Revelations 6-8. Pull out your scriptures and follow along. FIRST- Rev 6 is talking about the first 6 Seals, each of which last about 1000 years. Many are hung up waiting for a major earthquake that was to take place at the opening of the 6th Seal. Well, the opening of the 6th Seal took place over 1000 years ago. We just left the 6th Seal - so that earthquake happened centuries ago. (if you want verification of chpt 6, you can go to the LDS Institute Manual "The Teachings of Jesus and His Disciples" New Testament - it is also on the lds.org website)
Rev 7 explains the end of the 6th Seal and the opening of the 7th. This is a synopsis of the story in Chapter 7 - The destroying angels are ready to begin the destructions of the Tribulations, but Elias stops them and tells them to wait until the Saints are Sealed. It goes on to talk about the 12,000 from each tribe that are fore-ordained to be special missionaries to take us through the second coming and the events (WHICH ARE MANY-but which also come QUICKLY) that will transpire between now and then. If you follow those foot notes, you will find in D&C that those 12,000 are High Priests.
Then you get to the pivotal event that will start the countdown clock running.... Rev 7:9-12 describes an event that takes place in a temple (you can also reference Joel 1:14-15 - same event with less details). This is describing a Temple Dedication. It even talks about the 'palms in their hands - (white hankies), and the Hosannah Shout "Salvation to our God". In verse 12 you see reference to the Dedicatory Prayer. With 15 million members, it would be pretty hard to fit ALL members into a Temple Dedication - until the church held the Palmyra Temple Dedication on April 6, 2000, which was the first televised temple dedication where all worthy members 12 and over from all nations, kindreds, people and tongues could attend. In vs.13-17 there is a question/answer session. I purpose that in vs 14 where it says 'they came out of great tribulation', it means we are preparing to enter great tribulations.
Bottom line is this, and it has been confirmed by others who've heard Seventy's proclaim that the Palmyra Temple Dedication was the event that opened the Seventh Seal. Also interesting to note is that on the Hebrew's Sacred Calendar (they have two calendars), in the year 2000, their New Year was on April 6th. It was also the Savior's 2000th birthday and the 170th organization & location of the Restoration of the Church. Also, there was a convergence of three planets in the sky that had also been in the same place on the day the Savior was born forming a tight triangle in the sky (Mars,Saturn & Jupiter). But, I digress - the main point of this is to show from scripture, that the Seventh Seal was opened on April 6, 2000. Also interesting to note that an unprecedented 34 Temples were dedicated in 2000. A testament to what Elias was inferring - that we need many more saints (alive & dead) to receive their ordinances before the great and terrible day of the Lord commences.
Here's where the timeline comes into play. In Rev 8:1 it states that when the 7th Seal was opened, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. From this we see that we have a small window of time before the MAJOR TRIBULATIONS which are described in Rev 8 & 9 begin to be poured out. When you do the math (as many have) 30 minutes comes out to 20.83 years. Also note that it says 'ABOUT' a half an hour. This month puts us at minute 22.5. Next April we will be at minute 25. There are many things lining up, and many think that some things will begin happening this September and that by next spring, we will be lined up for the Tribulations to begin.... I hope we will be prepared temporarily and spiritually
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Dedicated 6 April 2000Our Beloved Father in Heaven, Thou great Elohim, on this historic day we come unto Thee in solemn prayer.
by Gordon B. Hinckley
This is the anniversary of the organization of Thy restored Church. One hundred and seventy years ago it was established in nearby Fayette.
From that small beginning it has spread over the earth, and our hearts are filled with gratitude for its marvelous growth.
But it was here, on this land which the Smiths once farmed, it was here in the Grove below and to the west that Thou, the Almighty God of the universe, and Thy Beloved Son, the resurrected Lord, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith. This wondrous event parted the curtain that had been closed for centuries. This marvelous appearance, which is the foundation of Thy work in this dispensation, brought back to earth a knowledge of the one true God and the resurrected Lord. Wonderful are the words of the boy Joseph in his description of this transcendent event: "When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other — This is my Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith-History 1:17.)
That marvelous theophany, unequaled since the events on the Mount of Transfiguration two millennia ago, became the introduction to Thy work in this the dispensation of the fulness of times.
Following that came the Book of Mormon. In this same vicinity, Joseph received the plates from the hands of Moroni, and there ensued their translation into the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which was published here in Palmyra.
The restoration of the priesthood followed and the bestowal of necessary keys came after that, that the fulness of the priesthood might be upon the earth together with the authority to organize Thy Church and establish it upon a foundation that will stand through time and all eternity.
Dear Father, we acknowledge that it all began here. We marvel, and we gather today in these precincts which were sanctified by Thy presence and the presence of Thy Son, to dedicate unto Thee and unto Him this the Palmyra New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
By virtue of the authority in us vested and in the name of our Redeemer we consecrate and dedicate this holy house, Thy house, where the fullness of the everlasting priesthood will be exercised in carrying forward Thy divine work.
We dedicate this sacred structure from the footings on which it rests to the figure of Moroni atop its tower. We dedicate the grounds that speak of Thy handiwork. We dedicate the walls and the windows, the floors and the roof, and in particular we dedicate those facilities which have been designed to accomplish the work of Thy house the baptistry, the endowment rooms, the beautiful celestial room, the sealing rooms with their sacred altars, and every other facility found herein.
Wilt Thou accept of this Thy holy house. It represents the efforts of those who love Thee and who love Thy Son. It carries on its entablature the words "Holiness to The Lord, The House of the Lord." It is Thine, dear Father. We would be so grateful if Thou were to visit it with Thy presence in commemoration of Thine earlier appearance in the nearby Sacred Grove 180 years ago. Let Thy Holy Spirit abide here. May this temple be sanctified and be sacred to all who shall look upon it. May no unclean hand desecrate it in any way. May all who enter the portals of this Thy house be clean of mind and body and spirit. May they come with an attitude of worship.
May the sacred work that will be accomplished here be a constant reminder of Thy love for Thy children of all generations and of the provision Thou hast made for their eternal progress and happiness.
This house speaks of the everlasting covenant between Thee and Thy children. All that will take place herein will be concerned with the things of eternity. It stands as a monument to all the world of the certain immortality of the human soul.
O God, great is Thy glory and infinite Thy purposes. As we serve here may Thy Holy Spirit rest upon us and may there come into our hearts a testimony of the truth and divinity of Thy work. Thou art the greatest of all. Thou art the Father of the nations of the earth. Thy plan for the salvation and exaltation of Thy children was consummated in the great Atonement wrought by Thy Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Through His sacrifice He made it possible for all who are willing to walk in obedience to Thy commandments to move forward on the road of immortality and eternal life.
Now dear Father, as we speak from this place of great beginnings, from this sacred and holy house which we have dedicated unto Thee, may the solemnities of eternity rest down upon us and may our understanding of Thy great work broaden and deepen from faith into certain knowledge.
Thy work, begun here so humbly and with so few, has now blossomed into a vast family. Thy people are spread over the earth. They speak many languages. Great has been the growth, and greater yet it will become as it moves forward in the nations of the earth. May Thy messengers find doors open and hearts ready to receive the glorious truths of the everlasting gospel. We pray for all who serve in Thy kingdom that they may do so with faith and with a desire to build Thy work.
We remember the tithe payers of Thy Church. We thank them for their consecrations. Bless them, we humbly ask, and open the windows of heaven and let blessings be showered down upon them.
Bless all who shall serve in this sacred house from the presidency, the matron and her assistants, to all who will assist in any way whatsoever. May they find great satisfaction in the opportunity that is theirs to glorify Thy name through their humble duty.
Now, Father, accept of our thanks. Accept of our love. Accept of this Thy holy house. Accept of the service that will be given herein, the result of which will be felt among the millions of Thy sons and daughters who have passed to the world beyond.
Bless us as Thy children that we shall walk always with humble hearts and in obedience to Thy divine will we humbly pray as we testify of Thy living reality and of the living reality of Thy Beloved Son, our Lord, our Redeemer, our Savior, and our King, we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Go to Additional information for links to photos, a video tour, history of Palmyra, facts about the Palmyra temple and other news stories on the temple.
PALMYRA, N.Y. -- Calling the events that happened 180 years ago in a grove of trees here unique in the history of the world, President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the new Palmyra New York Temple Thursday.In a voice filled with emotion, President Hinckley told those gathered that "there will never be another day quite like this in the history of this work where we will dedicate a sacred house in this historic and marvelous place." The temple, which represents the ultimate in LDS worship for faithful church members, is yet another advance in the spread of what Latter-day Saints believe is the restoration of Christ's true gospel to the Earth.
"We have scarcely seen the beginning of what shall come to pass. These are the days of God's great work in the Earth," he said during remarks offered before the dedicatory prayer on the newest temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A North American audience estimated at 1.5 million participated in the historic event via satellite, but technical difficulties caused some LDS Church stake centers to miss all or part of the dedicatory services.
The broadcast signal apparently weakened in certain geographic areas -- a problem peculiar to the encrypted nature of this special broadcast vs. regular church broadcasts, such as general conference, on its satellite system.
Church officials were working to strengthen the signal so the problem does not affect the rebroadcast, scheduled for 7 p.m. (MDT) tonight. Many stakes invited members to return for the evening's rebroadcast.
Standing on hilltop property once owned by church founder Joseph Smith's family, the temple is situated just east of the family home and the Sacred Grove, where Smith said he saw God and Jesus Christ in the spring of 1820 when he entered the woods to pray.
Hundreds gathered outside on the temple grounds to witness the traditional cornerstone laying ceremony. Though rain mixed with snow has pelted the area intermittently during the past couple of days, the dark clouds cleared the way for bright sunlight just minutes before the ceremony began. "It's a miracle," President Hinckley said.
He led President Boyd K. Packer of the Council of the Twelve and Elder Craig Zwick of the Quorum of the Seventy in troweling mortar from a silver tray into the cornerstone at the southeast corner of the building.
The 10,700-square-foot temple includes a celestial room, two endowment rooms that seat 40 people each, two sealing rooms where marriages are performed and a baptistry. One of dozens of "small temples" that have been announced and built in the past two years, the white marble structure will serve about 18,000 church members in western New York. It will become the church's 77th operating temple.
President Hinckley's "fingerprints" are all over the building, from the location he chose personally in January 1999, to the clear glass window to the west, just inside the entrance. Local members believe it is the only transparent window ever built into an LDS temple that not only allows visitors to see out but allows those outside to see in.
"He wanted to be able to see the Sacred Grove," said local resident Lynne Green, who noted that 27 other windows inside, made of stained glass, depict the grove and the appearance of God and Jesus Christ to church founder Joseph Smith as he knelt among the trees in prayer. The 17,000 pieces of glass used to create the feeling of being in the grove include more than 6,800 tiny hand-cut and hand-notched tree leaves.
It was 170 years ago today in the farming village of Fayette, some 27 miles to the southeast, that Joseph Smith organized the LDS Church inside Peter Whitmer's farmhouse with some 50 people present.
Years ago, the church rebuilt the cabin alongside a visitor's center and chapel now used by area residents for worship. On Wednesday, an LDS missionary couple from Vancouver, British Columbia, volunteering at the visitors center said that, while they joined the church only four years ago, the significance of today's events wasn't lost on them.
"I think it's similar to the impact that the manger (of Christ's birth in Bethlehem) had on the world, from 50 people at that first meeting to nearly 11 million now," said Elder Bill Proctor.
"People have been so anxious about it," Sister Lana Proctor added.
After the temple was announced, "we were getting calls from (members) all over the U.S." about attending the dedication, she said. "I think President Hinckley just had to open it up (via satellite) because this means so much to people."
In 1980, then-President Spencer W. Kimball used the Peter Whitmer farm site to celebrate the church's 150th anniversary by broadcasting a portion of LDS General Conference from inside the rebuilt cabin.
The proceedings were beamed live, via satellite, to the Tabernacle on Temple Square and to LDS stake centers in the United States and Canada -- the first such broadcast ever used by the church. Technology has now advanced to the point that church leaders can encrypt their broadcast transmissions, preventing unauthorized users from linking into the programming.
Such encryption allowed transmission of this morning's temple dedication, because only those LDS stake centers authorized to downlink the broadcast were able to receive it. Temple dedication ceremonies are open only to church members age 8 and older who have been interviewed by a local priesthood leader to determine their worthiness.
Attending such a session, known to church members as a "solemn assembly," is a privilege reserved for those who would also qualify for entrance into the temple itself to perform sacred ordinances for themselves or by proxy for the dead.
Latter-day Saints believe their temples are literally God's houses on Earth and that because the ordinances they perform inside are crucial in order to enjoy eternal "exaltation" with their families, divine guidance can be received there. For those who have watched what they consider a miracle constructed on the quiet Palmyra hillside, there is no question about whether heavenly visitors will attend, Elder Proctor said.
"They told us President Hinckley wants to walk the halls of that temple by himself before the dedication services begin. We've all been speculating about who is going to accompany him inside," he said.
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I originally wrote most of this post November 12, 2015, but in my private family blog, and have added more to it as time has gone on and I have learned more. I have copied it here for those who have expressed interest in reading it, and done my best to present it in an organized way with references. It was another’s blog on this topic that helped me begin my own search, and I hope that the information I have gathered can help others reflect deeper about the time we are in. Kind thoughts, impressions, and insights are welcome in the comments.
The Palmyra Temple was dedicated 6 April 2000, 170 years after the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the 100th temple dedicated, and these significant numbers and dates were planned for (as background story here illustrates)
I alluded in my first post starting this blog that I am being taught things alluding to the 2nd coming of the Savior. I can only assume others eyes are being opened to this as well as I am hearing it be brought up more. In the opening prayer of a regional conference I attended in Owasso, Oklahoma this past week, the sister’s voice was filled with emotion and significance as the thanked Heavenly Father for helping us prepare for the Second Coming of His son. It really stuck out to me. This past conference was notably different – all about spiritual preparation. It stuck out to me too.
Here are some things I’ve gathered and am mulling over a lot.
Personal Revelation & My own Research
- I began learning about the peculiar circumstances surrounding The Super Blood Moon that we experienced this year in September when I came across an LDS bloggers write up of it here. I felt it was important enough to take the kids to see, so they could have a reference if it was referred back to later in life. I also took some time to myself to go out under it and pray, asking if there was any significance. In response, I FELT a powerful Spirit of confirmation. In fact, every time I went to stand in the middle of my backyard alone and look at it – I felt it signified a change. I felt a confirmation that a new time period was starting, but instead of a feeling of fear or dread, I felt a joyful anticipation. I did not expect that. I felt a similar feeling return with conference. I felt confirmations when talking this over with my husband as well. I may not have all the details right, but many things are coming together.
- Oddly enough, I had a desire to read the Book of Revelation a few weeks before I learned these things. I don’t even remember what prompted me. But I remember a verse stood out to me that made me wonder what it meant. It said when the 7th Seal was opened, there would be silence for the space of about half an hour (Source). I thought, “What an odd thing to write down. And what’s the reason for it?” – in my mind, I pictured this was talking about literally silence throughout the earth for 30 minutes while we stood there, mingling with the Angels. I just really had no knowledge of what it could mean.
- I came to understand later that if 1000 years is 1 day to God, a half an hour is about 21 years to Him in our time. The “half hour of silence” most likely referred to a time period of about 21 years after the seal was broken, where the angels spoken of in Revelations chapter 8 held back on unleashing the various plagues/destructions/etc.
- I Came across someone’s thoughts in a forum about the half hour period of silence, I like how they were able to word this. I think it’s true. I put in bold the part that stuck out to me –
“If one does a word search through the scriptures on the word “silence” you will begin to realize that the symbolism employed in the Book of Revelation is quite complex and can have a benediction or malediction associated with it. I personally believe that the binary possibility is what was intended that the time and space referenced will be utilized by the covenant for preparation and by the world as a time of separation from righteousness. In general I believe it is a time that the heavens wait and observe as things already begun or set in motion mature and unfold.”
- I also came across many speculations online (as well as “I’ve heard Palmyra Temple workers say this” or “I heard Elder so-and-so confirm this at our stake conference” type rumors) that the dedication of the Palmyra Temple was the breaking of the 7th seal. How could that be? I began to try and dive in a little deeper.
- Thus the 21 or so years of silence after the seal being broken is the time I am living in right now. Those years can be divided up into three 7 year sections. The first seven years was marked with coming closer to God (because of the 9-11 attacks) and an abundance. Second 7 years was a famine (recession hit in 2007), and the third set of 7 years began or was symbolized as beginning by the Super Blood Moon this year. It is supposed to be the part of a lot of upheavel before things get really bad for the 2nd coming. I may have the 7 year periods wrong – I am still trying to figure this out 🙂
- General Conference was held April 1-2 in 2000, and in his closing remarks, President Hinckley noted, “We have been here April 1 and 2 of the year 2000, the opening of a new century and a great new millennium. There is something wonderfully significant about all of this. It is a time of new beginnings…Now, in closing, may I give you just a very brief report on temples. As of today, we have 76 in operation. That is many more than we had a few years ago. We will dedicate the Palmyra temple this coming Thursday. That will be a great occasion. The temple overlooks the Sacred Grove…We plan on dedicating altogether 36 new temples in the year 2000. I think we will accomplish all we set out to do.” (Source) (Also, it is interesting to note that the new Conference Center was dedicated in October 2000)
Does the Book of Revelation reference a Temple Dedication?
Revelation 7:9-10 reads, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands”
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
- The “Hosannah Shout” was given at the Palmyra Temple dedication. President Hinckley described it as thus at the October 2000 Conference: ““I will now demonstrate the shout. Each one takes a clean white handkerchief, holding it by one corner, and waves it while saying in unison, “Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna to God and the Lamb,” repeated three times, followed by “Amen, Amen, and Amen.” – The word “Hosanna” means “Please save us”. This shout is synonymous with what is cried in Revelation 7:10.
- The handkerchiefs waved during the shout represent the palms not only waved during the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem, but also of the palms waved anciently during the Feast of the Tabernacles. The description below from LDSLiving gives great insight, especially in light of how this shout is used today and was used on the occasion of the Palmyra Temple dedication/breaking of the 7th seal:
“Shouting hosanna can be traced even back to the Hebrew Feast of the Tabernacles. This feast, which began and ended on a Sabbath day, involved sleeping in temporary huts, erected in remembrance of the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. It also celebrated the gathering of nations and deliverance they received at the Lord’s hand. As part of the festivities, on the seventh day, which was sometimes called “the Great Hosanna,” a special meeting was held and shouts of hosanna were given while palm branches were waved.” (source)
- Also note that the Palymra Temple dedication was also the first temple dedication to be broadcast (only to America & Canada, the Nauvoo Temple 2 years later was the first to be broadcast worldwide). When all was said and done, 1.5 million Saints participated in the dedication and Hosanna shout.
My Journal Reflections of that Day
- I came across my journal of the dedication of the Palmyra temple. I noted that our early-morning Seminary had been canceled that morning because the church had been dedicated as an extension of the temple, and was treated as such. I had to have a yellow ticket to get into the ceremony (random detail, but it served as my recommend).
- President Hinckley presided and talked about how the cornerstone represents Christ & how He is the cornerstone. He kept saying they had inserted important artifacts into the cornerstone and it would not be open for a VERY LONG TIME (caps emphasis put in my journal). The next part is directly quoted from my journal.
- “Then he talked of the significance of this day and how he is almost overcome with it. He said, “There will never be a more significant day– ” then he coughed, and stopped, overcome with emotion.
- There was silence for a good 15 seconds before he continued with a much softer, emotion-filled voice, ” in this church. The day the Palmyra temple is being dedicated, 170 years since the birth of this church, and on the day of the birth of our Savior.” He then spoke of all that has led up to the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. And what a sacred place this was – near the Sacred Grove.”
- I remember that his phrase about how important the day was puzzled me. As a teenager, the timing of the dedication seemed cool, but nothing more. I wondered over it, and President Hinckley’s emotional reaction to it, and it stuck in my mind long enough to write it down.
- In the context of it being the breaking of the 7th seal, his words and emotions make more sense to me and are very moving. It is also significant to me that he worked up through the different times until this moment – essentially walking us through the previous “seals” in time.
Other References to the dedication:
- An Ensign article of that year noted that 1.5 million members attended the dedication via satellite broadcast and noted also that President Hinckley said, “We have scarcely seen the beginning of what shall come to pass. These are the days of God’s great work in the earth.”
- It was a snowy and rainy morning, but sunshine broke through when he stepped out to do the cornerstone ceremony. After it, the weather turned blustery again and many news people commented on the timing of the temporary sunshine.
- I noted personally in my journal that during the dedicatory prayer and participation in the dedication, “the Spirit tingled through my body many times. But when the Prophet had finished the prayer, there was a different feeling. A peace & calmness”. I would be very curious to see what others experienced that day, looking back in their journals for notes, as most of these details I had forgotten about.
The Significance of April 6, 2000 on the Hebrew Calendar
- Some Ensign articles about key points in church history occurring on sacred Hebrew calendar days led me to the author’s webpage. I encourage all to peruse and read his articles, as his knowledge of sacred calendars relating to important sacred events AND the deep understanding of signs in the heavens relating to these dates is fascinating and helpful. (I recommend starting here). Regarding the date of April 6, 2000, Brother Pratt wrote:
“The seventh 1,000-year period since Adam apparently officially began on 6 Apr 2000 at the dedication of the Palmyra temple. That day was 1 Nisan, New Year’s Day on the Hebrew calendar. But I’m not sure that is the same day as when the seventh seal begins. I suspect that the seven seals may be counted with a “little season” called the “meridian of time” between the 4th and 5th seal. Its minimum length would probably be 33 years (the Savior’s life time), and the maximum 70 years, ending at the destruction of the temple. If so, then the sixth seal may not end until 2033-2070, and the earthquake of the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12) could occur any time in the next few decades. I don’t know. This is all just speculation based on the fact that the scriptures say Christ would be born “in” the meridian of time, rather than “at” (Moses 5:57, 7:46). Moreover, some ancient calendars were structured with an “extra” little season (Passover week) wedged in the middle of the year, as well as having the little season at the end of the year (Tabernacles). Time will tell.” (source link here)
Signs in the Heavens
Also the below is directly from an article on NASA.GOV on 25 April 2000:
“April 25, 2000 — Two weeks ago stargazers around the world were outdoors in force. The moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were clustered together in the evening sky on April 6 for a picturesque display just after sunset. With cameras poised to record the spectacle, observers were treated to a dazzling show — but it wasn’t the show they expected! The sky, instead of darkening as the sun sank below the western horizon, turned vivid red, then green and shimmering yellow. It was a rare and unexpected display of aurora borealis seen as far south as Texas and Florida.”
“The celestial display started around 1630 UT on April 6 when a powerful interplanetary shock wave passed by the Earth. Aurora borealis was observed almost immediately over Asia and Europe. Auroras, or “Northern Lights”, are usually confined to high latitudes, but this was the biggest geomagnetic storm in years. By 2000 UT, observers in central Europe were reporting colorful lights in the sky.”
Seen from Marquardt, Germany:
“Aurora borealis is a rare event in our area, so to see it for the very first time is impressive — to see a display like [this was] really dazzling!” recounted Ron Baart of Warmenhuizen, Holland. “It was about 10:55 p.m. local time [on April 6] that we saw a pillar of red light in the northern sky… also green-blue to white features could be seen dancing in the heavens.”
McDonald Observatory, in Fort Worth, TX:
“By the time night fell over North America, the geomagnetic storm was beginning to subside, but not before auroras were spotted in at least 23 states. Reports poured in from as far south as Florida and as far west as Utah.
“Most of northwest Colorado was cloud-covered the night of April 6,” recalls James Westlake, Professor of Astronomy at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO, “so I took a group of SKY Club members … west into Utah. We weren’t disappointed. From near Moab, Utah, we watched the pink and green fountains spurt above the northern horizon for several hours around midnight!”
Symbolism of the Planets Present on 6 April 2000
Brother John Pratt wrote of the significance of these planets being aligned on that day:
“Thursday, April 6, 2000 marks exactly 2000 years since the Savior’s birth during the night preceding Thursday, April 6, 1 BC. In a sight worth seeing, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, along with the Moon will appear to be grouped in the sky on the nights of April 5-6, seemingly a birthday gathering for the Savior’s 2000th birthday. Equally intriguing, the other two visible planets, Mercury and Venus will be together about that time as they are last seen in the morning sky.
|Mars, Jupiter & Saturn on 6 Apr 2000|
What’s more this April 6 also marks the New Year’s Day of the Sacred Year on the Hebrew Calendar. The Hebrew day begins in the evening, and the new month usually begins on the evening when the thin crescent of the new moon is first visible. For those of you who are skywatchers, you will notice that shortly after sunset on April 5, a very thin crescent may be visible for a few minutes, heralding the coming day. Above the moon the planet Mars will be passing the brighter Jupiter like the minute hand passing the hour hand of a clock at midnight. On the next night, after sunset on April 6, the sight will be much more impressive with the easily seen crescent Moon next to Saturn. The accompanying illustration is taken from NASA. There is a similar photo in the April issue of Astronomy magazine.
The Mercury/Venus alignment is also significant because for chronology purposes, both planets are at the beginning point of their cycle. Both of those planets were precisely on that beginning day of their cycles on the day the Savior was born.Thus, we see that the planets are indeed useful for reckoning time, even as the Lord told Moses, that they are “for signs and for seasons” (Gen. 1:14). It may be interesting to note that next month all these planets will also align with the Sun. The cover article “When Planets Align” of the May, 2000 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine is devoted to convincing us that all such planetary alignments are meaningless. But that is just not true: one purpose for which the Lord created the planets was to keep time, and they do it extremely well.” (reference linked here)
My Concluding Remarks (September 2017)
I will take a page from John Pratt’s book, and take the stance that I do not wish to make predictions about the timing of the 2nd coming of our Savior or the events leading up to His return. I do, however, wish to share the fascinating information I am coming across. Brother Pratt’s decades long study of these topics has helped him conclude that the Lord does not usually accompany these signs with immediate, obvious destruction – but uses them as bookmarks that we may refer back to later. They testify to us that God is in control, and that he knows the beginning from the end. When all is said and done, we will look back, understand these signs better and their significance.
I have found myself led to various LDS sources on this topic that have completely surprised me. I believe that when accompanied with prayer, we can each be taught by the Spirit about these matters, and use the study as a time to be in awe of our Father in Heaven, reflect upon what lies before us, and prepare spiritually by drawing closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
My own personal feelings on all of this are that I have had a few experiences now, feeling the excitement and joy the heavens feel for what is coming. I approached learning about all of these things, thinking it would be feelings of doom, gloom and judgement. But instead, I feel we are entering something new and wonderful, where the miracles and powers of Heaven will be poured out in greater abundance! It is an exciting time to be alive right now, and I am so grateful to be here for it!
It is curious to me to see the sudden pouring out of natural disasters since the eclipse – but what has surprised me is the return to goodness and decency it has brought to our narrative (especially Houston), and the turning to prayer it is causing. Perhaps it will have the same affect on us as the Gadianton robber fiasco had on the Nephites, which coincidentally was in their 17 years into a new 1000 year period (3 Nephi chapters 3 & 4). I suspect the disasters partly are here to help us unite ourselves, turn our eyes heavenward and our hearts toward prayer, just as it did for them.
Thank you for your time in reading through what I have gathered. Please feel free to share your own insights and thoughts on these events and the times we live in below. I may not have any of this right, but I have tried to organize the information I have come across and have been led to. I hope that it is of benefit to others who are seeking for more knowledge. I feel there is still much to learn, and I hope you do too 🙂
Here are comments made in a group (I think ALF) by Jodi Flesher Stoddard. This is a compilation of her many comments in that thread. =
lds. org says that each seal represents 1000 years. The Sixth seal was opened 1000 years ago. We are now in the 7000th year since the beginning of time. The Seventh Seal was opened on April 6, 2000 - the dedication of the Palmyra Temple was the event that was prophecied in the middle of Rev.7. It talks about innumerable saints being gathered, dressed in white, waving palms (white hankies) and doing the Hosannah shout. There is even a prayer there. Lory is correct - we are 15 1/2 years into the half hour of silence - half an hour of God's time is 21 years. We are over a year and a half into the tribulations. Rev 12 - the literal sign in the sky of the woman with child will begin on Nov 20, 2106 and end on Sept 23, 2017. That is the half way mark of the tribulations.
For example - the great earth quake prophecied to take place in the Sixth seal happened around 1100 AD.
The Seventh Seal doesn't end until the 'end' of the Millenium (1000 years each seal) Sept 23, 2017 is the mid tribulation point. Here are the Scriptures from Rev 12:1 aAnd there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a bwoman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with achild cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the athird part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a arod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 And the awoman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
here is the video describing what will happen to fulfill Rev 12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXxVwpcXV0U
Rev 8:1 - half hour of silence begins at the opening of the 7th seal, which happened April 6, 2000. Half hour of God's time = 21 years on earth.
If we 'know' when the half hour of silence begins - we can start a 21 year clock. Skousen was guessing it would begin in Jan 2000 - but we know it began April 6, 2000. Add 21 years and the half hour ends in 2021.
Add that to the sign in the heavens that WILL take place beginning Nov 2016-Sept 2017, at which point the 'saints will flee to the mountains for 3 1/2 years' and you have a second witness of time that brings you to 2021
[A] Here is Jodi's reply:
Most bible and LDS scholars are in agreement on how to figure this - they do it this way.... Each 'day' of God's time equals 1000 years on earth. Here is the math: 1 day = 24 hours = 48 half hours 1000/48 = 20.8333333........Or about 21 years
Many say (and lds. org speaks to part of this as well) that the 144,000 mentioned in Rev 7 are fore-ordained (in heaven) as High Priests (12,000 from each tribe) and that they will be Senior Missionaries and their wives. (Lory Van Valkenburg) I think it was you that mentioned 'rumors' of some that have already received the setting apart for this special mission.... As for the return of the 10 tribes and the building of the temple in the New Jerusalem - it doesn't say they happen in the sixth seal. The Millenium (even according to Skousen and McConkie) begins before the Tribulations and the New Jerusalem is built after the Seventh seal opens. In other words - Revelations is in chronological order, and there is a TON of stuff that happens after Rev. chapter 8 - AFTER the Seventh Seal is opened but BEFORE the Second Coming.
the 144,000 were fore-ordained in the pre-existence. (that's what many speculate Rev 7 is refering to.) Each seal represents 1000 years (see lds. org), so the Sixth seal was opened 1000 years ago. That may be where the hang-up is.....
The Tribs only last 7 years - the last 7 years of the 'half hour of silence' or 21 years - So according to the timeline - the Tribulations began in 2014 and will end in 2021.
It has only been spoken verbally. My hubby heard it from a Seventy right after the dedicaton of the Palmyra temple April 2000. He said that the dedication was the event that opened the seal - read Rev. 7:9-17. It clearly describes a temple dedication where ALL saints could attend. The ONLY time that has happened is the Palmyra dedication where it was televised world wide. These scriptures talk about 'dressed in white', waving palms (white hankies), the Hossanah Shout, there is even a prayer in these scriptures. In fact, if you compare D&C 109 (Kirtland Temple Dedication) verses 76-80 are VERY similar to those in Rev 9-17. The church hasn't officially published anything on it - but various members have heard GA's confirm it.
I think the call out will begin this next spring of 2016. I think different areas will receive different call-outs. I think that in Sept of 2017 when the sign of Rev12 is complete, that this may be when SLC goes up to the mtns. I think they will have the shortest call-out. I also believe that at this same time, people will begin getting calls to go build the New Jerusalem, and get it set up. I think, according to Daniel, that the temple in the NJ will only take 69 months to build, and that it will be the last 69-70 months of the 3 1/2 years from Rev 12 where the saints 'flee to the mountains to be fed of God.' At the end of that 3 1/2 years - the temple will be completed (according to Dan & Rev), and the END of the 7 years of Tribulations will have arrived - which according to D&C 88:95 will be the Second Coming.
According to Spencer in VoG, people didn't go to the New Jerusalem all at once, but were called and came at different times and as they were able - I believe this will take place during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribs which will begin on Sept 23, 2017.
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Did the opening of the 7th seal happen at the dedication of the Palmyra Temple?
I keep hearing the Palmyra Temple dedication was the opening of the 7th seal and that the Church website confirms we are in the 7th seal. However I have been unable to find it on the Church website. Is it true the Palmyra Temple dedication was the opening of the 7th seal and is it confirmed on the church website?
What you are hearing is one man’s opinion that the Palmyra Temple dedication was the fulfilling of Revelation 7:9-10
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
This is an event that occurs at the ending of the sixth seal. If the sixth seal is ended then logically the seventh has begun.
In the Church’s study guide on the Book of Revelation, about halfway down we see the same chapter and verses described as:
Rewards for Those Who Endure Tribulations (Rev. 7:9–17)
A heavenly scene, “before the throne”; John sees that a “great multitude, which no man could number” will obtain the rewards of the faithful through righteously enduring “tribulation.” (Book of Revelation Overview)
And the next line down they talk about the 7th seal which they expect to be from about A.D. 2000 to A.D. 3000. That about has a lot of room in it. Maybe it has started, maybe it has not.
It is a bit of a reach to call that a confirmation.
There can be a lot of ‘maybes’ and ‘abouts’ when it comes to the Second Coming, but here are some things we can know for sure.
We are commanded to study, to learn and to prepare for the Second Coming as if it will happen tomorrow, no matter how far out it might be. We are also commanded to watch for the signs because while the scriptures say “No man knows the day or hour” of his coming. The scriptures tell us that it will not take his faithful who are watching by surprise. Think of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.
We also know there are the Lord’s authorized servants and the Lord’s spirit which He uses to tell us things we need to know. The claims of a random member with a You Tube video (no matter how faithful) needs to be treated the same as any other source of information we come across. Namely we need to study it out and compare it the scriptures and teachings of the prophets and we need to pray about it.
Even after that, even after we study it and pray about it, if we feel it to be true and correct, it is still the place of the Lord’s authorized servants to reveal it as a truth to the world. Not ours. We can have our own opinions, but we should present it as such, and not try to present ourselves as God’s revelatory mouth piece.
If we are following the scriptural and prophetic commands to faithfully, study the word of God, to pray often, and to watch, then such faithful actions will have us ready no matter when it comes.