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Being endowed with power from on high

And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them.

— Doctrine and Covenants 109:22

The dedication of the Kirtland Temple, March 27, 1836 was of such a spiritual nature that witnesses reported heavenly visitiations and an angelic presence.  Eliza R. Snow wrote that "no mortal language" could describe that memorable day.
The dedication of the Kirtland Temple, March 27, 1836 was of such a spiritual nature that witnesses reported heavenly visitiations and an angelic presence. Eliza R. Snow wrote that "no mortal language" could describe that memorable day. Photo: Photo by Ravell Call

These words from the dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple in 1836 relate to the blessings that all receive through temple worship. In his April 1992 general conference address, Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve said: "A temple is a place in which those whom He has chosen are endowed with power from on high — a power which enables us to use our gifts and capabilities with greater intelligence and increased effectiveness in order to bring to pass our Heavenly Father's purposes in our own lives and the lives of those we love.

"If you may have been somewhat confused, unclear or concerned about your temple experience, I hope you will return again and again. When you return, come with an open, seeking, contrite heart, and allow the Spirit to teach you by revelation what the symbols can mean to you and the eternal realities which they represent.

"To understand the things of God requires a continuous effort, a pure and receptive heart, and an open mind. Revelation comes in response to our desire and seeking."