St. George 7colple. Homer Dunran. Lehi works on Manti Ternplr.
I n 1871, the general authorities of the L.D. S. Church decided that a temple should be built in the 3outhern part of Utah, and a site was selected and dedicated in St. George on Nov. 9, 1871. Brigham Young and Erastus Snow, with a large group of people broke ground for the commencement of the erection of the building. There were many craftsmen living in St. George who had worked on the Nauvoo Temple and all the principal materials needed for the erection of such a building were wailable in the close vicinity. They used the ljlark volcanic rock from the ridge to the west of the valley for the foundation, and the super structure was to be of red rock from a quarry close 1)). A group of experienced men were chosen to be in charge of the various jobs in the construction, and workmen were called from all parts of the Territory to assist in the building. President Brigham Young was advancing in years, and decided that the work should be rushed to completion. T h e temple site in Salt Lake City was dedicated in 1857, hut due to Johnston's Army and the constant strife, little had been done on the temple. It appeared that the St. George Temple, where the people would not be molested in their work, would be completed first. Each winter, President Young spent his time in St. George to aid in the progress of the work.' O n Jan. 1, 1877 the lower part of the St. George Temple was dedicated. There were 1,230 persons present. Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, and President Brigham Young each offered a dedicatory prayer in different parts of the building."