[Samuel W. Richards]
Went to my Quorum meeting in the Temple. ... Dressing ourselves in the order of the Priesthood we called upon the Lord, his spirit attended us, and the visions of heaven were opened to our view. I was, as it were lost to my self, and [I] beheld the earth reel to and fro, and [it] was moved out of its place, men fell to the earth and their life departed from them, and at the close thereof, there appeared a great company as it were of Saints coming from the west as I stood with my back to the north and they were passing to the East, and the scripture was fulfilled which saith, "Come see the desolation which the Lord hast made in the Earth," and the company of the Saints who had been as it were from the Earth, walked in the light of the glory of the Lord [which] was around them, while darkness was on the face of the earth, and I beheld other things which were glorious while the power of God rested upon me. Others also beheld angels, and the glory of God. Having had a season of enjoyment, it was proposed by C[urtis] E. B[olton] that we pray for the Prophet Joseph [Smith] to come into our midst and converse with us, some consented to do so but the idea was first objected to as being unwise by Bro. Levi [Richards] who received a reprimand by way of [a] hint to leave the room from Bro. B[rown,] [though] not being agreed [to by the] Quorum. The matter was taken up, and after some remarks from several of the brethren, it was decided by the President, that we had no right to pray for such a thing, and all was right again. The Sacrament was administered and our great joy encreased by the gift of Tongues and Prophecy by which great bless- ings were spoken and made known to us.
[Samuel W. Richards journal, Mar. 22, 1846, quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]
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