150 years ago today - Mar 2, 1873

In Jerusalem two apostles, George A. Smith and Lorenzo Snow, as well as a number of other Saints including Eliza R. Snow, Lorenzo Snow's sister, "rode to the Mount of Olives," pitched a tent, and assembled for a prayer meeting. With a "watchman outside" posted at the door, the small group robed themselves and "united in service in the order of the Holy Priesthood." After an opening prayer by Apostle Snow "in which the - dedicatory sentiments were contained," George A. Smith "dedicated" the land: "I was mouth, remembering the general interests of Zion, and dedicating this land, praying that it might become fertile - and the prophecies and promises unto Abraham and the prophets be fulfilled in the own due time of the Lord."

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