In October 1841, Orson Hyde traveled to Jerusalem and dedicated the Holy Land for the gathering of Judah. Hyde's dedication was the first of eleven formal dedications performed in the Holy Land in this dispensation, and while each one was given for the purpose of preparing the land for the return of Israel, each dedication also contained unique content. The authors discuss each dedication and the historical and political contexts affecting each prayer. They assert that repetition indicates importance, and no other place has been repeatedly dedicated like the Holy Land.
Van-Dyke, Blair G. and Berrett, LaMar C.
"In the Footsteps of Orson Hyde: Subsequent Dedications of the Holy Land,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 47
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol47/iss1/3