Tuesday, May 16, 2017

President Ivins on the Cardston, Alberta Temple

At the time of the Cardston Temple dedication, President Ivins stated it would stand for how long?
a.                  Forever
b.                  Until the oil in Alberta dries up
c.                   500 years
d.                  1000 years
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  Another transcontinental railroad
Much of the Congressional debate regarding the Utah Expedition would sound familiar today: the mission was unclear and the cost was too high. Then, as now, Congressional representatives complained that there were “no backward tracks when our Government began to spend money.” During Congressional debate, it was suggested that the cost of the Utah Expedition could have “paid the expenses of our entire ocean mail service for years” or purchased a transcontinental railroad. By April 1858, there was “an increasing disposition in Congress to check further movements of the Utah Expedition.” When President Buchanan sent his budget message to Congress in June 1858, it was reportedly met with loud laughter on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman ed., The Mormon Wars (American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communication, 2014), 98-99.

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