The Palmyra Temple was dedicated 6 April 2000, 170 years after the founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following is the prayer offered by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, in French, to dedicate the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple on Sunday, April 14, 2019.. O God, our Heavenly Father, we come before … Give them strength and direction in their consecrated service. The moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars were clustered together in the evening sky on April 6 for a picturesque display just after sunset. The sky, instead of darkening as the sun sank below the western horizon, turned vivid red, then green and shimmering yellow. May no unclean hand desecrate it in any way. I approached learning about all of these things, thinking it would be feelings of doom, gloom and judgement. 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. Solomon: Begins by praising the God who keeps his promises. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Your thoughts about when the focus shifted off of food storage gives me a lot of food for thought. Yet, as President Gordon B. Hinckley entered the Palmyra New York Temple on April 6, 2000, an hour before the dedication was to begin, the rains ceased and the clouds began to lift. 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). Thank you for your time in reading through what I have gathered. 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! Strengthen our resolve to walk acceptably before Thee at all times. We dedicate this sacred structure from the footings on which it rests to the figure of Moroni atop its tower. It may be interesting to note that next month all these planets will also align with the Sun. Recalls God’s dynastic promises to David through the prophet Nathan. The Mercury/Venus alignment is also significant because for chronology purposes, both planets are at the beginning point of their cycle. “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. 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. Dedicated 25–30 April 1993 by Gordon B. Hinckley O God, our Eternal Father, thou great Elohim, the Almighty who is above all, we come before thee on this day of dedication, in the name of thy beloved Son, the Redeemer of the world, even the Lord Jesus Christ. 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). He stopped talking much prior to his death in 1994. 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. These are the days of God’s great work in the earth.”. This Sunday's lectionary reading from the Old Testament contains a portion of King Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:22-53). The Palmyra temple was dedicated on April 6, 2000, exactly one hundred seventy years after the Church was organized. It is an exciting time to be alive right now, and I am so grateful to be here for it! The dictionary has two definitions of dedicate. 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.”. Accept of our love. 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. 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. So first, I think the silence in the heavens means a 21 year period of time where our prophets are NOT talking much about End Times. 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. 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. That would have been a thousand years ago. I had to have a yellow ticket to get into the ceremony (random detail, but it served as my recommend). 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. From that small beginning it has spread over the earth, and our hearts are filled with gratitude for its marvelous growth. It is immediately south of the Palmyra Ward chapel, and east of the Sacred Grove and Smith farm with log and frame homes. Ezra Taft Benson was essentially silent until 2014 when we began studying the Teachings of the Prophets, Ezra Taft Benson in RS/PH. An interesting factoid about the temple: whereas all other temples have either obscured or stained glass windows, President Hinckley directed the architects to have a clear window in the Palmyra Temple from which patrons in the temple foyer can view the sacred grove. Wilt Thou accept of this Thy holy house. (Joseph Smith-History 1:17.). Smile with favor upon us. Keep ever bright in our memories the solemn covenants into which we have entered with Thee. It stuck out to me too. The Palmyra New York Temple is the 77th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.This is the first temple built in New York.. I don’t know. A Latter-day Saint perspective of the American Solar Eclipse of 2017. How could that be? 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. My thoughts and inspirations on the silence in the heavens about a half an hour are twofold. As of today, we have 76 in operation. 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. 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. May all who enter the portals of this Thy house be clean of mind and body and spirit. It was a rare and unexpected display of aurora borealis seen as far south as Texas and Florida.”. I began to try and dive in a little deeper. About Temple Sealing; Prayer Roll; Schedule an Appointment; Palmyra New York Temple. 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). It was a snowy and rainy morning, but sunshine broke through when he stepped out to do the cornerstone ceremony. I can only assume others eyes are being opened to this as well as I am hearing it be brought up more. The Second silence that lasted about 21 years was Ezra Taft Benson. If this is the extravagant Solomon’s temple, how much more then should the dedication of our bodies and this church be? 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. Local reaction to the new temple was positive and more than 30,700 visitors toured the new temple before its dedication. By the time the dedication began, large patches of blue reclaimed the sky. 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. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other — This is my Beloved Son. But I remember a verse stood out to me that made me wonder what it meant. It represents the efforts of those who love Thee and who love Thy Son. 3 For subsequent temples, inspired dedicatory prayers have been written by a presiding Church leader, each prepared for its own temple. 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. The Palmyra New York Temple is the 77th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Praying about the will of God for your life. May Thy blessings attend us, and all who seek to live Thy commandments. I don’t even remember what prompted me. 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.” Question Gramps, 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. A peace & calmness”. There is a similar photo in the April issue of Astronomy magazine. 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 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. The temple overlooks the Sacred Grove…We plan on dedicating altogether 36 new temples in the year 2000. 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”. The Palmyra Temple is located at 2720 Temple Road, Palmyra, New York. Submitting yourself to God's will 3. I get a little confused about the 6th seal earthquake. 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). The Prayer of Consecration and Dedication involves: 1. That is fascinating the timing about President Benson, especially with the reintroduction of when we began to study his teachings again! The next part is directly quoted from my journal. I have found myself led to various LDS sources on this topic that have completely surprised me. It stands as a monument to all the world of the certain immortality of the human soul. 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. We thank Thee that Thou hast given us strength to accomplish the charges delivered by Thee. 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. I feel there is still much to learn, and I hope you do too , Awe! 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. Acknowledges that God is bigger than the temple. 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. There will be a gathering in this western hemisphere of the peace loving followers of Christ who will build the New Jerusalem while the war lovers will be gathering in the Eastern hemisphere preparing for the battle of Armageddon. Asking myself where I was at that time. I encourage you to keep your focus on the words of Solomon during the prayer of dedication, his speech and blessing of the people, and the animal sacrifice that accompanied the dedication of the temple. 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: 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). I wondered over it, and President Hinckley’s emotional reaction to it, and it stuck in my mind long enough to write it down. It was on a school day morning and we had to be there by 6:00 AM. Then it came to me, they didn’t need to know it. It carries on its entablature the words "Holiness to The Lord, The House of the Lord." I hope that it is of benefit to others who are seeking for more knowledge. This is the anniversary of the organization of Thy restored Church. 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. The dedication of the Gila Valley Temple last Sunday reminds me of an experience I had with Gregg when the Palmyra Temple was dedicated. ( Log Out /  I was in graduate school in LA and getting engaged… The aurora borealis didn’t get to California… I would have LOVED THAT! We pray for all who serve in Thy kingdom that they may do so with faith and with a desire to build Thy work. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Young men sit on the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple grounds Saturday prior to an afternoon youth devotional with Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, April 13, 2019, a day before the dedication of the temple there. Those years can be divided up into three 7 year sections. Thus the 21 or so years of silence after the seal being broken is the time I am living in right now. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. We need those preparations here! It was now time to move forward into the hastening of the work. “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. … May the light of the gospel that emanates from this holy temple be felt throughout the community.” Dear Father, we acknowledge that it all began here. And answer these petitions, and accept the dedication of this house unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built unto thy name; 79 And also this church, to put upon it thy name. Dedicatory Prayer Palmyra New York Temple, 6 April 2000 Our Beloved Father in Heaven, Thou great Elohim, on this historic day we come unto Thee in solemn prayer. (Matthew 13:34, 9, 16). 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. I suspect that the seven seals may be counted with a “little season” called the “meridian of time” between the 4th and 5th seal. PALMYRA, NY — The Palmyra New York Temple dedication celebrated the 170th anniversary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. May they come with an attitude of worship. ( Log Out /  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. It says it happens at the beginning of the 6th seal. ( Log Out /  With cameras poised to record the spectacle, observers were treated to a dazzling show — but it wasn’t the show they expected! Change ), “The celestial display started around 1630 UT on April 6 when, “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. We weren’t disappointed. This silence began right as the Church was beginning to be more populous outside the US. Temple closed. 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. All that will take place herein will be concerned with the things of eternity. 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, Oddly enough, I had a desire to read the Book of Revelation a few weeks before I learned these things. The gathering of Israel to the Stakes of Zion. Palmyra Temple Dedication Causes White Handkerchief Shortage Kent Larsen 6Apr00 D4 [James-W. Anderson suggested this article]PROVO, UTAH -- The dedication of the Palmyra, New York Temple has caused a shortage of white handkerchiefs in Utah County, Utah as LDS Church members sought them for the ceremony broadcast. 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. This past conference was notably different – all about spiritual preparation. Holy and Everlasting Father, before Thee this morning we present ourselves and acknowledge Thy mercy that has been extended to us since we have been on Thy footstool, and for this opportunity of dedicating this house. May they find great satisfaction in the opportunity that is theirs to glorify Thy name through their humble duty. 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. Thy people are spread over the earth. I put in bold the part that stuck out to me –. This is all pretty amazing insight. Especially how they used to. Please feel free to share your own insights and thoughts on these events and the times we live in below. It is Thine, dear Father. May Thy messengers find doors open and hearts ready to receive the glorious truths of the everlasting gospel. 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. 4. 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. It said when the 7th Seal was opened, there would be silence for the space of about half an hour (. The gps coordinates are: 43°02’27.29″ N; 77°14’17.23″ W. Ownership Status I think it’s true. 6:12) could occur any time in the next few decades. Melissa, Thank you for sharing your insights! President Hinckley described it as thus at the October 2000 Conference: ““I will now demonstrate the shout. 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. They testify to us that God is in control,  and that he knows the beginning from the end. Where one imagery represents more than one thing, but they all point to Christ! May they be faithful and true to their great and sacred responsibilities. 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. Joseph Smith gave the dedicatory prayer for the Kirtland Temple, reading from a prepared text. 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. It really stuck out to me. Very fascinating! Julianne must have been at NAU.) I came across my journal of the dedication of the Palmyra temple. 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. 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. PHASE 1: TEMPLE OPEN FOR LIVING SEALINGS ONLY—Based on First Presidency direction, this temple has resumed limited operations. “Then he talked of the significance of this day and how he is almost overcome with it. We dedicate the grounds that speak of Thy handiwork. Temple Announced: Feb. 12, 1999: Ground Breaking: May 25, 1999: Dedication: Apr. Each one takes a clean white handkerchief, holding it by one corner, and waves it while saying in unison, “. It is the only temple with a window that is clear. The site for the Palmyra New York Temple, atop a wooded hill in pastoral western New York, is in an area prominent in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement.Nearby is the grove of trees known as the Sacred Grove in which the founder and first … The first seven years was marked with coming closer to God (because of the 9-11 attacks) and an abundance. Focus shifted off of food for thought i began to try and dive in a little confused about the seal! 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