On Sunday, March 27, 1836, 416 saints pressed into the temple at Kirtland. President Rigdon read the 96th and 24th Psalms after which a choir sang. President Rigdon spoke on revelation and the power to seal. The choir sang again and Joseph Smith was sustained as a Prophet, Seer and Revelator by the various quorums and then the saints together.
After more singing and a twenty minute intermission Joseph spoke and then asked for a sustaining of the entire presidency as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators then the Quorum of the Twelve as such. He asked for the Seventies to be sustained:
I next called upon the quorums and congregation of Saints to acknowledge the presidents of Seventies, who act as their representatives, as Apostles and special witnesses to the nations, to assist the Twelve in opening the Gospel kingdom among all people, and to uphold them by their prayers, which they did by rising. (HC 2:418)
Joseph continued the sustaining of the various quorums down to the Deacons. After a few more words of prophecy, Joseph read the dedicatory prayer, now contained in Section 109 of our Doctrine and Covenants. This is one of the few prayers received by revelation; moreover a group of five, including the First Presidency, helped receive it. It switches from the voice of the supplicants to the voice of the Lord and is one of the greatest models for our communal aspirations:
6 And as thou hast said in a revelation, given to us, calling us thy friends, saying–Call your solemn assembly, as I have commanded you;
7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith;
8 Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
Further they prayed, seeking the endowment from on high:
22 And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them;
23 And from this place they may bear exceedingly great and glorious tidings, in truth, unto the ends of the earth, that they may know that this is thy work, and that thou hast put forth thy hand, to fulfil that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of the prophets, concerning the last days.
We know their prayer was answered:
34 O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever.
35 Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.
36 Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.
37 And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory.
After reading this, Joseph asked the saints if they accepted the dedication, which they did. They partook of the bread and wine, which was blessed by Don Carlos, and they bore testimony. They witnessed of seeing angels as Joseph spoke. Brigham spoke in tongues and Elder Patten interpreted. Joseph recorded:
Brother George A. Smith arose and began to prophesy, when a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, which filled the Temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels, which fact I declared to the congregation. The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple), and were astonished at what was taking place. This continued until the meeting closed at eleven p. m. (HC 2:428
In the days after, Joseph administered what we have come to call the Kirtland endowment — washing, anointing and the washing of the feet.