"Now here is wisdom, and the mind of the Lord—let the house be built, not after the manner of the world, for I give not unto you that ye shall live after the manner of the world;
"Therefore, let it be built after the manner which I shall show..." (D&C 95:11,13-14)
Joseph Smith and the early flock were living in Kirtland, Ohio. The Lord, anxious to pour out the blessings of heaven to the earth by way of eternal covenant, chastened the saints for having neglected his instruction to build a temple in Kirtland. These were very special blessings; they could not be delivered to mankind in a random structure. It had to be constructed, organized, and dedicated in God's way, "...not after the manner of the world," but "after the manner which I shall show."