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Fullness of Times: Primary Talk

The Pioneers Worked Hard and Sacrificed to Build Temples
Leanne Cathy Collins
Sunday, 10 July 2016
In 1847, the pioneers began digging the foundation of the Salt Lake City, Utah temple at the spot where Brigham Young told the Twelve Apostles, "Here we will build a temple to our God." Later, when the prophet told the people that an angry army was coming to destroy the temple, the men covered over the temple foundation with dirt. The next day, when the army found no Mormons in sight, they left. Finally, the pioneers dug away the dirt.
When Brigham Young discovered the granite foundation was cracked, he said, "I will not move from this spot until I know what to do." So, he sat on a granite block until Wilford Woodruff suggested that they remove the cracked blocks and start again. That's exactly what they did.
Years later, Brigham Young asked the men to stop building the temple and help complete the railroad so the temple could be finished faster.
On July 25, Brigham Young died, and Wilford Woodruff became the prophet and had to complete the temple. On April 6, 1898, they held a Capstone Ceremony, after which they placed the angel Moroni statue on the capstone. The pioneers took one more year to finish the inside of the temple. They made things for the temple out of pure gold and silver. The Salt Lake City temple was dedicated on April 13, 1893. It took forty years to complete the temple.
I know that the pioneers sacrificed and suffered much to build this temple. I know that Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff were very good prophets who worked hard to build a temple to God. I really want to go inside the temple and feel the Spirit there. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.
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