25 years ago
Ground was broken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 1979, for the first meetinghouse in Kirtland, Ohio, since the main body of the Church left the community around 1838, according to the Oct. 20, 1979, Church News.
President Ezra Taft Benson, then president of the Quorum of the Twelve, presided over the groundbreaking on a location at the base of the hill where the Kirtland Temple stands.
According to the article, President Benson told the 500 attending the ceremony, "I really feel that prophecy is being fulfilled."
The article continued, "President Benson referred to two prophecies regarding Kirtland, which he said were now fulfilled. The first was a 'scourge' mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 124:83."
He also quoted part of a letter written by Hyrum Smith, recorded in the article, "Thus saith the Lord . . . all saints are commanded to come away (from Kirtland lands) . . . yet your children may possess them. But not until many years shall pass away. . . . Then I will send forth and build up Kirtland and it shall be polished and refined according to my word."
President Benson said, according to the article, "Those many years have passed away and now is the time to rise and shine and look forward to the great progress of this part of the Lord's kingdom."