Monday, July 30, 2012

The Council House-Salt Lake’s First Public Building


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Salt Lake City's Council House


It’s not out of the question to construct a building with one purpose in mind, but for the building to double for other uses. For instance, schools are constructed with the primary purpose of educating, but at the same time have been known to be used for community or political events. The Council House in Salt Lake City was one such building. Construction began in 1849 and completed in 1850. Its primary purpose was to house the territorial government. Since it was the first public building, obviously it doubled for other purposes. Only one of the listed uses below actually took place within the walls of the Council House. Which was it?

A)     Endowments were performed in this building

B)     It housed the first primary

C)     It was used for the Green and Gold Balls (I’m aging myself)

D)     The original MTC

Yesterday’s answer:

1.      (C)   The king of England



In April of 1934, the church announces that the official representative of the king of England has been allowed to visit the interior of the Alberta Temple, even though it had been dedicated.

Richard Neitzel Holzpfel et al., On This Day In The Church (Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2000), 83.



Note- I have to apologize. Obviously I didn’t read as carefully as I should. The answer was not the king of England, but rather the official representative of the king of England. DB



2.      (C)   A non-member paid a dollar for the temporary use of a members temple recommend



Just as the Lord protected the workers as they built the temple, he protected the completed temple from the desecration and abuse of those who would harm the structure or enter in unworthily. One such example of divine intervention took place at the dedication of the temple in May 1884. As President John Taylor watched the large numbers of people enter the temple, he suddenly turned to President Charles O. Card and said that a certain woman coming through the doorway was not worthy to enter the temple. It was discovered that this woman was not a member, and she was asked to leave. She had purchased the recommend from a member for a dollar. President Taylor had never seen this woman before, but the Spirit had whispered that of all the people in attendance, she was not worthy to be there.

Olsen, Nolan P., Logan Temple: The First 100 Years (Logan, Utah: Watkins and Sons, 1978), 152-153.



3.      (D)   The Quincy Riflemen

   The Quincy Riflemen marched into what they called “the holy city” unannounced one day hoping to make some arrests. They waited two hours on the square before marching to the temple and dispatching a few of the brigade to search it. Their efforts were futile and they then marched two miles out of the city and camped. The officer in charge reported the night “was fine, but cold and windy.”

Quincy Rifleman 1843-45, 30 September 1845.



4.      (A)   Catholic Priests

On 9 December 1846, Bishop Quarter’s representatives, Revs. Tucker and Hamilton, arrived in the city to investigate the sale of property in Nauvoo.18 After a tour of Nauvoo, they met with the Twelve that evening. Brigham Young told them the Saints were willing to reduce the value of the property so as to make it attractive for either “a society or speculators,” but they really desired to “hand it over to the Catholics” and so stop the speculators, who “would want to have [their] property for nothing.”19 After the two priests left, the Twelve wrote out their proposition. The following morning, Revs. Tucker and Hamilton were admitted to the temple to meet with the Twelve in Brigham Young’s office in the attic.20 After some conversation about the temple, Orson Hyde read aloud the Twelve’s proposition. Brigham Young explained the underlying motivation for the sale of Nauvoo properties, “We wished to realize from the sale of our property, sufficient to take all our poor with us in a comfortable manner.”

William Clayton wrote Reverend Tucker’s response: “Fr. Tucker said he thought it would be wisdom to publish our positions in all the Catholic [news]papers, and lay the matter before their people. He should also think it advisable for the Catholic Bishops to send a competent committee to ascertain the value of our property, &c, at the same time they will use all their

influence to effect a sale as speedily as possible. He thinks they have men in St. Louis, New York and other Cities who could soon raise the amount wanted, but the time is so very short, he don’t know whether it can be done so soon.”21



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