175 years ago today - Aug 2, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]

On forming our temple block of 40 acres it was so large we held a council to see if it was not wisdom to reduce it one half the size. Several expressed their opinion upon the subject. G. A. Smith believed if we done it we should be sorry afterwards. Would rather enlarge than diminish it. Br Kimball th[ought if?] we let it be as it was & set it out to shrubery we should not be sorry. Br A said G A Smith had spoke his mind & all our minds seemed to run in about the same channel. The President Said we Could eisier diminish than enlarge it afterward & finally decided to let it remain as it was.

We also walked upon a peace of table land above east of the camp & took a view of the city ground which presented a grand Prospect to our view. In the evening I went to the warm sulpher springs & bathed with Dr Richards G. A. Smith & others.

[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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