“Hosanna! Hosanna! to God and the Lamb,” Ensign, Apr. 2004, 37
Hosanna! Hosanna! to God and the Lamb
On 27 March 1836 the Prophet Joseph Smith dedicated the Kirtland Temple, the first temple built in the latter days. He prayed “that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord’s house may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness” (D&C 109:13).
Following the prayer, the choir sang a new hymn written by W. W. Phelps especially for the dedication—“The Spirit of God.”
We’ll sing and we’ll shout with the armies of heaven,
Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb!
Let glory to them in the highest be given,
Henceforth and forever, Amen and amen!
(Hymns, no. 2)
Since 1836 these words have not only been sung at every Latter-day Saint temple dedication but have filled hearts with the Spirit of the Holy Ghost in untold numbers of life situations.
Following are images that remind us that we are blessed to live in a time when more than 100 temples provide opportunities for the making of eternal covenants as well as serve as a haven of peace and personal revelation.