Manti Temple Anniversary

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 05
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Sothern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1973
Type Text
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 323578
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Title Manti Temple Anniversary
Description MANTI TEMPLE ANNIVERSARY Lenore G. Denison Manti, Utah Honorable Mention Essay, Senior Division This year, May 21, 1973, marks the eighty fifth anniver-sary of the completion and dedication of the Manti Temple in the tops of the mountains and a beacon to all the world. "The Master Artist who moulded the Wasatch Mountains sur-rounding Sanpete Valley must have loved beauty and put an extra measure of it in his work that day. He made these mountains high and rugged and strong as he tapered them off near Manti leaving a mound of ivory stone extending out into the valley." On the day President Brigham Young dedicated the hill as a site for the building of a temple, April 25, 1877, he said, "Here is the spot where the Angel Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a temple site. That is the reason why the location is made here and we cannot move it from this point." About five days after this some 100 men began the work of excavating the hill. The workmen knelt in humble prayer before breaking gound for the construction of a holy edifice that was to cost a million dollars and take eleven years. The work of cutting down the solid stone to a base upon which the Temple could stand required the labor of large groups of men for nearly two years. According to a history by Francis M. Cox Jr., "Only one blast was fired to loosen the hill so it could be plowed and scraped down to its present level. This work was done by hand and by ox teams. They used all the black powder that was available in Utah." Then on April 14, 1879 the corner stones of the building were laid and dedicated. It took nine years to construct the building. All the materials except the banisters were ootained locally. The building rock came from the hill, the sand was ground sandstone quarried from the north end of the hill. The lumber, ninety percent red pine, came from Cancal Canyon. Willian Henry Peterson in his book, "Miracle of the Moun-26
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 5
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323545
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6tm788q/323545