170 years ago today - Apr 6, 1853

The presidency laid the S.E. corner Stone with the patriarch. Bishop Edward Hunter & counsel with the lesser priesthood laid the S.W cornor Stone. John Young the president of the High Priests quorum & counsel, the president of the Stake & Counsel, with the High Counsel proceded to lay the North west cornor Stone. The Twelve Apostles First Presidency of the Seventies, & presidency of the Elders quorum laid the North East cornor Stones. Their was a prayer offerd Oration Delivered & Song sung on each cornor stone as they were laid. There was the largest Assembly of saints ever gatherd to gether in Deserett on the occasion. ...

President Young ascended the stone & gave his benediction as follows: Brethren & Sisters I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth & pray my father in heaven to encircle you in the Arms of his love & mercy protect us untill we have finished the Temple received the fulness of our endowments therein & then build many more And I pray also that we may live to see the great Temple in Jackson County Missouri. You are now dismissed ...

[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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