KIRTLAND TEMPLE: Kirland, Ohio (1833-1836)
The Kirtland Temple was constructed from the Summer of 1833 to Spring 1836. It is the first temple to have Assembly Halls of any kind in this dispensation. One was on the bottom floor, used for worship services. The second was on the top floor, used for educational classes. The lower court is pictured above.
The west pulpits are for the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the east for the Aaronic Priesthood. This is the same in all other LDS Temples. The lettering* on the west pulpits is as follows, reading from the top pulpits to the bottom:
The lettering* on the east side is thus, also from the top pulpits to the bottom:
*The information on the lettering were found here: Backman Jr., Milton Vaughn, The Heavens Resound: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1830–1838, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1983, 160; Black, Harry, Kirtland Temple, Independence, Mo.: Herald House, 1958, 17–18; Cowan, Richard O., Temples to Dot the Earth, Springville, Utah: Cedar Fort Incorporated, 1997, 21–35; and Fields, Clarence L., “History of the Kirtland Temple,” master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, 1963, 28.
ST. GEORGE UTAH TEMPLE: St. George, Utah (1871-1877)
This temple was built from 1871 to 1877. It was here in 1877 that a second General Conference of the Church was held in a temple, where on 6 April 1877 it was dedicated by President Daniel H. Wells of the First Presidency.
|Aaronic Priesthood Pulpits|
LOGAN UTAH TEMPLE: Logan, Utah (1877-1884)
This temple was constructed from 1877 to 1884. There have been numerous Solemn Assemblies held in this Assembly Room. In one such Assembly, President David O. McKay developed "Every Member a Missionary!", his trademark phrase. The Solemn Assembly was given on 21 September 1953. Also present at this Solemn Assembly were: 1,500 Melchizedek Priesthood holders, Presidents Stephen L. Richards, and Clark; and Elders Joseph Fielding Smith, Lee, Spencer W. Kimball, Petersen, Cowley, Moyle, Stapley, Romney, LeGrand Richards, Bennion, Morris, Evans, and McConkie (The Logan Temple: The First 100 Years, p. 196-197).
Two more Solemn Assemblies of note took place in this House of the Lord. On 4 May 1967 all Returned Missionaries attending Utah State University and then-Weber State College met in the Assembly Room and were instructed by then-Elder Thomas S. Monson and Elder Hugh B. Brown (Ibid.).
The final Solemn Assembly held in the Logan Temple was on 6 December 1975, wherein 1,340 Priesthood leaders in the Logan Temple District heard sermons from Presidents Kimball, Tanner, and Romney, as well as from Elders Benson and Petersen (Ibid.).
I also have a friend who served in the Utah Ogden Mission in the early 2000s. He told me that he had the opportunity of having two Zone Conferences in the Assembly Room of the Logan Temple, during which all the missionaries sang "The Spirit of God".
MANTI UTAH TEMPLE: Manti, Utah (1877-1888)
The House of the Lord at Manti was announced in 1875. I went through this temple for the first time in the summer of 2008. While there, I asked a temple worker how often they use the Assembly Room. She told me that the Assembly Room is used at least once a year for a devotional with all the temple workers.
SALT LAKE TEMPLE: Salt Lake City, Utah (1853-1893)
July 2  — A solemn assembly was held in the Salt Lake Temple, attended by the Church's 26 General Authorities, presidencies of the 40 stakes, and bishops of the 478 wards of the Church. The assembly accepted the resolution that tithing is the 'word and will of the Lord unto us.'" During the April General Conference of 1942, "Conference sessions were held in . . . the assembly room of the Salt Lake Temple." Also, when my father was in the Mission Home in Salt Lake City in 1973, he was instructed by President Spencer W. Kimball in this Assembly Room. Also, semi-annually, a devotional occurs in this room for all the temple workers. All General Authorities meet in this room monthly.
WASHINGTON D.C. TEMPLE: Washington D.C (1968-1974)
The temple in which I was endowed, this massive temple is the tallest in the Church, standing 306 feet tall to the top of the Angel Moroni, which Angel Moroni is 18 feet tall. It is one of five Angel Moroni statues holding the Gold Plates. It is the last temple in the Church to have an Assembly Room.