[President Wilford Woodruff]
[Re: Laying the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple]] This was Certainly the greatest Day the Latter Day Saints Ever saw in these Mountains.
Before the Close of the Meeting There was a Copper plate presented to the Assembly By President Cannon upon which was Engraved the History of the building of the Temple the laying of the Cornor Stone April 6, 1853 gave the Names of the Authorities of that Date Then all of the Authorities of the Church at April 6, 1892. Also under this plate was Placed & under the Cap Stone was placed the following: Book of Mormon Book of Doctrins & Covenants voice of warning Spencers Letters Key to Theology Hym Book Bible Compendium Pearl of Great Price & some other Books & Photographs of Joseph Smith Hyram Smith Brigham Young John Taylor Wilford Woodruff, George Q Cannon & Joseph F Smith and of the Salt Lake Temple as it now Stands. ...
Before the Close F M Lyman steped to the front of the Platform And said six months ago President Woodruff Expressed in a Council of the Presidency of the Church And the presiding Authorities of the Church Stakes & wards that He desired to Live to See the Dedication of this Temple. It was the feelings in the Harts of the Brethren that an Effort should be made to Accomplish that work. Next April it will be 40 years from the time of the laying of the Cornor Stone of this Temple And I have a Resolution to offer to Assembled Israel to day. "Believing that the instruction of Presidt Woodruff respecting the Early Completion of the Temple is the word of the Lord unto us Resolved that this Assembly pledge themselves individually and Collectively to furnish as far as it may be Needed all Money that may be necessary to Complete the Temple at Earliest time possible so that the Dedication may take place April 6, 1893. This was acepted with an uplifting of hands with a great shout. Brother Lyman Donated $1,000.
[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]
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