Episode 186: D&C 85 – Section 108 and 109 (Kirtland Temple Dedication)

December 9, 2017


Episode 186: D&C 85 – Section 108 and 109 (Kirtland Temple Dedication)

Lyman Sherman: “I’m part of the council of the 70! Now what?”
God/Joseph Smith: “Chillax, I haven’t figured it out yet.”

The church’s magnum opus is being dedicated! The Kirtland temple was four years in the making and had plunged Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon into deep, deep debt.

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One Comment on “Episode 186: D&C 85 – Section 108 and 109 (Kirtland Temple Dedication)”

  1. Duke of Earl Grey Says:

    Behold [drink!], the Kirtland Temple in all its glory!


    Cross Section:

    First Floor:

    This is the view of the pews from the west side Melchizedek Priesthood pulpit, facing the Aaronic Priesthood pulpit on the east side. The pew boxes were built with reversible seating to face either pulpit, depending on which priesthood officers were conducting the meeting. Below is a view of the Melchizedek pulpit.

    The pulpits are decorated with gold initials designating the priesthood offices of the men seated there, and giving a sense of their relative authority and importance.

    West Side:
    M.P.C. – Melchizedek Presiding Council (apparently referring to the First Presidency, according to BYU scholars)
    P.M.H. – Presiding Melchizedek High Priesthood (the Quorum of the Twelve, again according to the not-at-all-biased BYU folks)
    M.H.P. – Melchizedek High Priesthood
    P.E.M. – Presidency of Elders, Melchizedek

    East Side:
    B.P.A. – Bishopric Presiding, Aaronic
    P.A.P. – Presidency of Aaronic Priests
    P.T.A. – Presidency of Teachers, Aaronic
    P.D.A. – Presidency of Deacons, Aaronic

    Here’s an older photo showing the canvas partitions that could be used to divide the room.

    The Community of Christ’s home page for the Kirtland Temple includes photos of the other floors, and lists operating hours, for any interested in a tour:

    As for the dedicatory prayer itself, I don’t have a thing to say about it other than to titter with juvenile delight at the word “bosom”.


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