THE MORMON TEMPLE, ter.
On the second floor a stage has
It Coif $50,000,000 And Took For-I bcen erected, with scenery and all
ty Years to Build.
Describing the recent dedication
of the great Mormon Temple, at
Salt Lake City, Utah, the New
York Recorder says it was begun
over forty years ago under the di
rection of the prophet, Brigham
Young. It has been built at a cost
of nearly ♦50,000,000, and its detli-
cation on the sixty-third anniver
sary of the organization of the
Mormon Church formed the most
solemn occasion in its history.
Work was begun on this monu
ment of the prophet in 1858. At
this time the Mormon doctrine in
Utah was all supreme. Whatcvur
one might think on this subject lie
had to seal his mouth, for to ex
press an unorthodox opinion was a
dangerous matter in those days in
the land of the saints.
The now templo is to take the
place of the old Tabernacle, an
umbrella-shaped structure, within
which the secret rites of the Latter
Day Saints have been performed
for half a century. It stands or
the banks of the River Jordan
which river, flowing from sweet
waters of Lake Utah, the Lake
Galilee of the Mormon City, is by
a singular coincidence almost of
tho exact length and breadth and
follows the same winding course
as does the Jordan of ancient Sy
For seventeen years after the
excavation for the building had
been made an army of mason.!,
worked day by day laying the
foundations, and at the end of that
time the walls had only reached to
a level with the ground. It now
stands ninety-nine feet higher, ex
tending over fifty feet below the
surface. Down in the depths thei-e
are the dismal catacombs, modeled
after the great catacombs in Rome.
It is said that no building in
America embodies such perfection
of construction and solidity of
foundation. It is so monumental
that it is expected to transmit to
the centuries to come the name
and fame of its founder, Brigham
Young, and the saints believe it
destined to outlive even the mil.
The material used in its construc
tion is the finest mountain granite,
bright gray in color, slightly fleck
ed with blue, the stones having
been quarried from near-by moun
tains and laid into their places by
pious Mormon hands.
It stands at the eastern end of
what is known as the Temple
Block, a plot containing ton acres
of land, surrounded by trees and
luxuriant verdure, and from a dis
tance, as it rises out of its pedestal
of green,reminds one of some great
feudal castle of old.
k The central square immediately
surrounding the temple is inclosed
Mby a wall twelve feet high, the
jfese of stone and the upper por
tion of ’dobe and plaster. This is
surmounted by square turrets, re
lieving the view every ten feet
until t'he entrance is reached. Here
is a massive gateway surmounted
by stone archos at the centre of
each of ita four sides.
The inteVior is replete with rich
and costly fittings, though, unfor
tunately, none but the faithful are
ever likely to feast their eyes on
There are numerous grottoes,one
containing the golden plates which
that ingenious old gentleman, Jos
eph Smith, claimed to have had
given him by the angel of God on
the hill of Gummorah.
The “Book of Mormon,” the Bi
ble of the sect, supposed to have
been translated from the plates,
also holds a place of honor in one
of the recesses there.
Among the collections ara two
1 recious stores used by the Egyp-
tian seers in ancient times,together
w th instruments of necromancy
' There are altars htavily laid iii
gold and baptismal v\d» gf alaLvs-
the paraphernalia requisite for tho
pet formnnee of the grand drama
representing the creation of imin,
after the Mormon conception of
that divine event. This embodies
the expulsion of Satan and fall of
man, tho coming of a Redeemer
and the final deliverance of man
kind, with the admonitions' of
John the Baptist through Joseph
Smith on the occasion mentioned.
This is presented to keep fresh in
the minds of the Latter DaySaints
the memory of tho first martyr in
the Mormon faith, whose death
they have sworn to avenge.
Of the secret chambers there are
many in which tho mystic ritos of
the sect are performed; then then
are others whose uses can ho sur
mised, and are known only to t
chosen fow. I’erlmps some day
tho history of this great mysterious
pile of masonry may bo told, but
to-day in the heat of religious for
vor which pervades all the Mor
mons its secrets are as oflbctuaPy
hidden as if buried in the heart of
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