Solemn assembly 

Summary

Generally, a special church meeting, such as the meeting of the School of the Prophets on 23 January 1833 and the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, on 27 March 1836. In particular, it referred to the meeting held in the House of the Lord on 30 March 1836.1 A solemn assembly was promised in revelations as a time when faithful Latter-day Saints would receive an endowment “with power” prior to going forth to preach.2 It was to be preceded by a period of preparation, which would include instructions, ordinances of washing and anointing, and renewals of commitment.3 Many people who were present during the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, the 30 March 1836 solemn assembly in that same structure, and related events reported having experienced manifestations of spiritual power, including speaking in tongues, seeing visions, and prophesying.4