Building the Manti Temple

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Title Building the Manti Temple
Description him. Standing where the southeast corner of the building would be, the President dedicated the site for the temple. He told Snow that the Prophet Moroni had dedicated that site for a temple.^ Five days later 100 men and boya were on the grounds ready to prepare a site for the structure. Before beginning, they knelt in prayer. As much as 50 feet of rock hillside had to be removed. The stones were used to build four terraces about 55 feet apart, aix feet wide at the base and tapering to two feet, and each 955 feet in length." An observer remarked that a European would conclude that preparations were being made to build a fort upon the hill. Preparing the grounds did not require extensive planning but the building project did. Careful plans for the architecture and finishing of the Temple were being made while the site was being prepared. Stakes in Juab, Millard, Beaver, Iron, Washington, Sanpete, Sevier, Fiute, Garfield and Kane counties were organized as the Manti Temple District. Each bishop in these stakes was requested to report how much his ward would contribute in labor, money, and goods on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis until the temple was completed. William H. Folaom was choaen to be architect and superintendent of construction. Canute Peterson was hia assistant, with the special duty to raise funds.* Financing the project was a herculean task. To President John Taylor, successor to Brigham Young and his success. The basis of the undertaking was the faith church leaders had that members would donate time, contribute money and goods, and that the poorest among them would share anything they possessed. A family in Query County demonstrated that faith when they gave their only milk cow.5 The already weak economy of the territory was badly hurt by the prosecution of polygamists. Many business leaders were in jail or in hiding, little money was in circulation, and the economy was inadequate for a job as big as temple building. The authorities created an adjunct economy which was designed to supplement the existing one. They issued tithing scrip which was backed by the good faith and credit of the church. The scrip circulated as money and could be used for purchases in the Bishop's Storehouse and also sometimes substituted for legal money. At that tine much tithing was paid in home-produced conmodities. The facilities of the Bishop's Storehouse -55-
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