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History of the Church Series

May 3, 2017
History of the Church Series
The Apostle Peter and the Kirtland Temple
Lyndon W. Cook

This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Lyndon W. Cook. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

There seems little question that Peter did visit the Kirtland Temple and was seen and identified by the Prophet Joseph Smith, but the date of that appearance has been confused, and the matter needs additional consideration. The corroborative accounts of Joseph Smith, Heber C. Kimball, and Truman O. Angell record the visit of an angel to the Kirtland Temple on 27 March 1836. Angell's report provides the additional but important note that the angel who came to accept the dedication of the temple was Peter.