As the Saints were building up the Salt Lake Valley, one of the materials they used to construct with was adobe bricks. How many adobe bricks could one man carry at a time?
a. There weren’t enough shovels for everyone
From the life of Joseph Stewart Geddes: After living in Salt Lake City for some time, they moved north, together with a small company of Saints, and located at a place which was afterwards called Plain City, which is situated about ten miles northwest of Ogden, Weber county. The little company of pioneers, consisting of about twenty souls, at once began the constructing and building of a canal, nine miles in length, which was a very great undertaking for such a small company. And besides, the settlers had not sufficient teams and farming implements. Those who had no tools would often work at night, thus keeping the spade and shovel almost in constant use. Neither was there much time taken in the preparation of food, as it consisted chiefly of bread and water. Thus they toiled on until they succeeded in bringing out a small stream of water, which has since been increased from year to year until Plain City has been converted into a veritable Garden of Eden, as was observed on a certain occasion when it was visited by the First Presidency in the days of Pres. John Taylor.
Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 439.