During the school periods 1904-1905, and 1905-1906, I delivered a series of lectures entitled, "Jesus the Christ", under the auspices of the University Sunday School. The sessions were held during Sunday forenoons in Barratt hall. I received written appointment from the First Presidency to embody the lectures in a book to be published for the use of the Church in general. Work on this appointment has been suspended from time to time owing to other duties being imposed upon me. Lately, however, I have been asked to prepare the matter for the book with as little delay as possible. Experiences demonstrated that neither in my comfortable office nor in the convenient study room at home can I be free from visits and telephone calls, in consequence of this condition, and in view of the importance of the work, I have been directed to occupy a room in the Temple where I will be free from interruption. I began the work in the Temple today and hope that I shall be able to devote necessary time thereto.
[James E. Talmage, Diary]