"I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me..."
"And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually..." (D&C 1:30)
March 27, 1836
Kirtland temple dedicated, preceeded and followed by an outpouring of the Spirit including visions, prophecies, speaking in tongues, multiple peopel singing in harmony in tongues, babes opening their mouths, beholding of angles and visitations of Christ.
January 19, 1841
"But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me. But behold, at the end of this appointment your baptisms for your dead shall not be acceptable unto me; and if you do not these things at the end of the appointment ye shall be rejected as a church, with your dead, saith the Lord your God....
"If ye labor with all your might, I will consecrate that spot that it shall be made holy.
"And if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place. But if they will not hearken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed, they shall not be blest, because they pollute mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words which I give unto them.
"And it shall come to pass that if you build a house unto my name, and do not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfil the promises which ye expect at my hands, saith the Lord. For instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord....
"And again, verily I say unto you, I command you again to build a house to my name, even in this place, that you may prove yourselves unto me that ye are faithful in all things whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with honor, immortality, and eternal life. (D&C 124:31-32, 44-48, 55)
April 6, 1841
Corner stone laid.
June 24, 1844
Joseph's Death. Temple "half complete". Fulness of the priesthood is forfeited.
Exodus from Nauvoo begins.
First floor completed by small remaining crew. Temple is dedicated. Five years, four months from warning of rejection. No spiritual outpouring is recorded. Saints already experiencing cursings, wrath, indignation and judgements.
Temple catches fire.
Temple destroyed by tornado.