-- May 17, 1888
At dedication of Manti Temple, Wilford Woodruff declares prophetically, "We are not going to stop the practice of plural marriage until the Coming of the Son of Man." During dedication some hear heavenly choir, while others see bright halos of light around apostles Lorenzo Snow, John W. Taylor, Heber J. Grant, John Henry Smith, and Seventy's president Jacob Gates, and dimmer halo around Apostle Francis M. Lyman's head. Some say that John W. Taylor's "voice was exactly like Joseph the Prophet" and that Lyman's voice is that of Brigham Young. While in temple, Woodruff "Consecrated upon the Altar the [brown] seers Stone that Joseph Smith found by Revelation some 30 feet under the earth." After the temple dedication the Twelve meet and "conversed in regard to adultery and what course to pursue when men confess their wrong doing and no other persons but the guilty parties know in regard to it. It was agreed the parties should be protected and told to report and renew their Covenants." (1)
-- Monday, May 21, 1888
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Manti
Bros. L. Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, John Smith and myself with other brethren met at the Temple at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. the doors were thrown open, people being admitted by Ticket. At 5 minutes to 11 a.m. the choir sang Lord We Come before thee Now.
Lorenzo Snow gave the Dedicatory prayer — 38 minutes long.
[Other speakers listed with amount of time taken.]
In unison three times we shouted Hosanna to God and the Lamb forever and ever Amen, amen and amen.
I dosed with prayer and then all of the people went through the building.
It was a day never to be forgotten by those present. (2)
-- May 21st, 1888
Attended the dedication of the Temple which was - a grand and glorious ceremony. ... A bright light was seen about the person of John W. Taylor and Lorenzo Snow, members of the quorum of 12 Apostles. (3)
-- May 21, 1888
Elder Lorenzo Snow of the Twelve publicly dedicates the Manti Temple (later the Manti Utah Temple). (4)
1 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
2 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
3 - History of the Life oF Oliver B. Huntington, Written by Himself
4 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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