June 27th, 1844, is a significant date in history. 172 years ago on this date a mob shot and killed Joseph Smith, Jun., and his brother Hyrum at the Carthage Jail in Carthage, Illinois. It’s also ironic I am in Kirtland, Ohio, today.
After breakfast the four of us hopped in to the rental car. We are meeting for a back-of-the-scene-tour of the Kirtland Temple.
They were waiting for us when we arrived. There were four additional people for a total of 8 plus our tour guide.
The tour took us in to the basement, attic and bell tower. (I tell you, these 8″ run and 12″ rise stairs are backwards compared to our 12″ run and 8″ rise today.) They also allowed us a close look at the pulpits in the assembly room.
Imagine standing where the keys of past dispensations were restored in these latter-days! It is awesome. In the Doctrine and Covenants it reports:
“We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber.
“His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
“I am the first and the last, I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.” (D&C 110:2–4.)
A Special Room
We also spent time in the end dormer room of the temple. In this room, several visions and revelations were given. This is a very special room in the Kirtland Temple.
The Community of Christ owns the Kirtland temple today. The behind-the-scene tour cost $30 and takes a couple of hours.
We met with the site director of the Community of Christ. I did not take pictures the entire morning because we didn’t have their permission. Since it is private property, I respect that. I sat quietly in the meeting, but I learned much.
Lunchtime is upon us and we struck out. The first place we went to didn’t open until 4pm. We went to check out DiBella’s and saw Quaker Steak and Lube. None of us have eaten there, so we went for it.
A trendy place decorated with cars and motorcycles, they play off the Quaker State Oil theme. Their sauce is “lube sauce”.
We spent our afternoon visiting the quarry where they cut some of the stones used in the temple construction. The place was surrounded by poison ivy. I have never seen that much poison ivy in a single location.
Quarry For Temple Stones
We also spent a good amount of time in the “flats” of Kirtland. This is where I shot most of my pictures.
I love the sound the waterwheel makes at the sawmill. I could take pictures there all day.
Sawmill in Kirtland