150 years ago today - Nov 9, 1871

At the ground breaking for the St. George Temple. Band played a tune, after which Br. Brigham said this is the spot where the foundation stone will be laid, and where the records will be placed in a suitable stone made for that purpose, and also near the top of the building in this place. After a few remarks he said (taking the shovel and uncovering his head) we will now proceed to break the ground. He took the shovel and dug a few shovels out near the south east stake, then gave the shovel to Geo. A. Smith who did likewise... Br Brigham standing on a chair instructed the saints how to make the salutation. We raised our right hand to heaven and smote out left at the same time exclaiming hosanna! Hosanna! to God and the Lamb. Amen! Amen! Amen! The congregation was then dismissed by Br Brigham. -- St. George, Utah

[Diary of Charles Lowell Walker. Andrew Karl Larson, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1980. 336, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

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