WOW. Thank you from El Jay and me. His image yesterday made it into the top five photos.
When you are in Central Utah at Christmas-time, what do you do? You go to Temple Square to see the lights.
El Jay had never gotten this close to the Temple before and said, "Mom, it looks like a castle." I replied, "Did you know the temple was designed by an Angel? (Truman O. Angel.)
This was the first photo outing I've been on in a while. In August, I could barely walk from the house to the mailbox and back. Wednesday night we spent an hour at Temple Square walking around. I could have spent more time there, alone, trying to get the perfect images. The lights are so mesmerizing.
Gardner History Lesson #121014. I was reading a blog recently about my great great grandfather Archibald Gardner. The woman very proudly stated that Archibald had helped retrofit the Salt Lake Temple to make it earthquake proof. Interesting way to explain the story, I guess.
Brigham Young selected the location to build the Salt Lake Temple on shortly after the Saints entered the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, but construction did not begin until 1853. In 1857 when Brigham Young heard that the United States government was sending an army to Utah, he ordered that the temple be buried. At that time they had only gotten as far as the foundation blocks. The temple was covered with dirt and Salt Lake City and neighboring communities were evacuated. After tensions had eased, in 1858, the temple was uncovered and work resumed. However, it was discovered that the heavy chunks of rock that had been used for the foundation had slipped. Brigham was shown the damage and asked what he wanted done. He talked with several people involved in the building process and no one knew how to resolve the problem. Brigham Young decided to sit on a bench at the construction site. He said he would stay there praying until he received an answer.
That morning in West Jordan, Utah, my great great grandfather, Bishop Archibald Gardner was helping load a wagon for the ward clerk to take to the Bishop's Storehouse in SLC. The clerk suddenly got ill and Archie said he would go instead. He drove to the city and while the wagon was unloaded, he walked over the the construction site and there he saw Pres. Young sitting. Archie greeted him and asked what the problem was. Brigham quickly explained and then asked Archie if he could help. Archie replied that they had used too much mortar, thus causing the blocks to slide. He said they would have to start completely over with new rock and went on to explain how to cut the blocks of stone and fit them together. Archie's answer was Brigham's answer to prayer.
The temple was completed and dedicated in 1893. It has been over 150 years since Brigham Young asked Archibald Gardner how to solve the problem with the temple foundation and the temple is still standing. I don't think either Brigham or Archie were even thinking about earthquakes, but I guess that is a good explanation for why the foundation needed to be strengthened.
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