Brigham Young, 2nd President of the Church, 1847–1877
The Church was too few
in numbers . . . and too poor in purse to attempt such a
mighty enterprise. . . . Joseph [labored] in the stone
quarry, quarrying rock with his own hands, and the few then
in the Church, follow[ed] his example of obedience, and
diligence, wherever most needed; with laborers on the walls,
holding the sword in one hand to protect themselves from the
mob, while they placed the stone and moved the trowel with
Orson Pratt, Apostle, 1835–1881
God was there [in the Kirtland Temple], his angels were there, the Holy Ghost was in the midst of the people . . . and they were filled from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet with the power and inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and uttered forth prophecies in the midst of that congregation, which have been fulfilling from that day to the present time.
Eliza R. Snow, General Relief Society President, 1866–1887
The ceremonies of that [Kirtland Temple] dedication may be rehearsed, but no mortal language can describe the heavenly manifestations of that memorable day. Angels appeared to some, while a sense of divine presence was realized by all present, and each heart was filled with "joy inexpressible and full of glory."