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150 years ago

In the midst of persecutions and anxiety prior to the Saints' departure from Nauvoo, Ill., President Brigham Young had "announced that we would not attend to the administration of the ordinances" in the temple, according to History of the Church 7:579.

Nevertheless, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1846, "the House of the Lord was thronged all day, the anxiety being so great to receive, as if the brethren would have us stay here and continue the endowments until our way would be hedged up, and our enemies would intercept us," said President Young.

"But I informed the brethren that this was not wise, and that we should build more Temples, and have further opportunities to receive the blessings of the Lord, as soon as the saints were prepared to receive them.

"In this Temple we have been abundantly rewarded, if we receive no more. I also informed the brethren that I was going to get my wagons started and be off. I walked some distance from the Temple supposing the crowd would disperse, but on returning I found the house filled to overflowing.

"Looking upon the multitude and knowing their anxiety, as they were thirsting and hungering for the word, we continued at work diligently in the House of the Lord. Two hundred and ninety-five persons received ordinances."

Quote from the past

"To an elder returning home from missionary labors, the privilege of meeting with the assemblies of the Saints in their Sabbath-day meetings is one that is very highly prized." - Elder John Morgan, in an address given May 23, 1880, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.