From The Daily Post at WordPress — Masterpiece. No matter where you are (and where you’ve been), I’m certain you’ve stumbled upon something extraordinary: a place that blows your mind; a work of art or object that speaks to you; or even a location or scene that’s special, unusual, or even magical in some way.
When I first saw this entry, I started thinking of various things that made me think of masterpieces. I had the usual thoughts about famous artwork, architecture, etc. running through my mind. And then my thoughts stopped and the most amazing and humbling pictures and thoughts began to flood my mind.
Below are some excerpts from an article entitled Stories of Sacrifice and Devotion: The People Who Built and Loved a Temple. Please click here to see the full article.
The Salt Lake Temple, an enduring image of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the community, was central to the faith of the pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley. Unlike Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, where anyone may attend Sunday services and other meetings, temples are open only to faithful Church members for the performance of their highest, most sacred rites.
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The building of the Salt Lake Temple was an unprecedented undertaking at that time in the early history of the Church and in the history of the United States.
It was accomplished by generally impoverished pioneers who suffered through two national economic depressions, harassment from the federal government, crop failures and food shortages.
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The Salt Lake Temple was completed in 1893, more than 40 years after construction officially began.
In a great display of devotion on 6 April 1893, an estimated 2,500 people crowded the large assembly room on the fourth floor of the temple for the first of 31 dedicatory sessions that were conducted over approximately three weeks.
But Church President Brigham Young, leader of the historic Mormon Pioneer trek across the American frontier, did not live to see the temple’s completion.
He had marked the spot for the temple, overseen its initial design and construction, and engaged the talents of the many men who spent their entire adult lives building it.
The faith, the sacrifice and the suffering of these early pioneer saints never ceases to amaze me. To me, this is a MASTERPIECE!