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Sources for A Prophet and a Temple in Kirtland, Ohio

Experience at the Dedication of the Kirtland Temple

“A singular incident in connection with this shout may be discredited by some, but it is verily true. A notice had been circulated that children in arms would not be admitted at the dedication of the temple. A sister who had come a long distance with her babe, six weeks old, having, on her arrival, heard of the above requisition, went to the patriarch Joseph Smith, Sr., in great distress, saying that she knew no one with whom she could leave her infant; and to be deprived of the privilege of attending the dedication seemed more than she could endure. The ever generous and kind-hearted father volunteered to take the responsibility on himself, and told her to take her child, at the same time giving the mother a promise that her babe should make no disturbance; and the promise was verified. But when the congregation shouted hosanna, that babe joined in the shout” (Eliza R. Snow, in Edward W. Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom [New York, 1877], 94–95).

SOURCES

Eighteen-year-old Lorenzo Snow: See Lorenzo Snow, “Reminiscences of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Deseret Semi-Weekly News, Dec. 29, 1899, 1; referenced in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow (2012), 269.

“But as he proceeded”: Lorenzo Snow, “Reminiscences of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” 1; quoted in Teachings: Lorenzo Snow, 269.

When Eliza R. Snow first met Joseph Smith: See Eliza R. Snow, “Sketch of My Life,” in The Personal Writings of Eliza Roxcy Snow, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher (Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000), 9.

Eliza was baptized: See Eliza R. Snow, “Sketch of My Life,” in The Personal Writings of Eliza Roxcy Snow, 10.

“With very little capital”: Eliza R. Snow, in Edward W. Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom (New York, 1877), 82; see also pages 80–81.

“Their energies”: Eliza R. Snow, in Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom, 82.

“No mortal language”: Eliza R. Snow, in Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom, 95.

“Classical Education”: Lorenzo Snow journals, 1872, 1836–1845, page 33, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; see also page 32.

“While he studied”: Eliza R. Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Company, 1884), 6.

Lorenzo Snow was baptized: Eliza R. Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, 7.

“[I] totally relinquished”: Lorenzo Snow journals, 1872, 1836–1845, page 33.

“No language can describe my feelings”: Lorenzo Snow, in Eliza R. Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, 11–12.

“I . . . enjoyed many refreshing seasons”: Eliza R. Snow, in Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom, 65.

Left Kirtland in April 1838: See Eliza R. Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, 24–25.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Photos of the interior of the Kirtland Temple and of Hebrew grammar books courtesy of Community of Christ.