Shortly after arriving in Kirtland, John found a lot of quarreling among the members of the Church. He was stunned to find people saying bad things about the Prophet Joseph.
When he heard Brother Parley Pratt was among the dissenters, he was upset. John rebuked him, “Now Brother Parley, it is not man that I am following, but the Lord. The principles that you taught me led me to Him and now I have the same testimony that you then rejoiced in. If the work was true six months ago, it is true today. If Joseph Smith was then a prophet, he is now a prophet.”4 Brother Pratt repented and sought forgiveness of the Prophet Joseph, feeling sorry for the things he said. Joseph forgave him, and he again returned to the Lord’s service.
John attended a church gathering in the Kirtland Temple. He was excited to be in the building because he had heard many wonderful stories of angels and heavenly messengers being present at the dedication of the temple. Would there be angelic visitors today, he wondered?