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Published: Thursday, April 29 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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That cave seems pretty awesome!


Thank you!!


Will the Virtual Tour be available online or somewhere for the public?

Dave from Taylorsville

Hugh G. Hater | 2:03 p.m. April 28, 2010
"I want to know how the water tastes."

Hugh; the water tastes GREAT!

Got to taste the water several times. It was stored in what looked a bit like a lap pool at the far back of the vault.

I was the graphic designer and presentation designer for the family History Dept. for over 18 years. I went to the vault several times. What's funny about the photos is that many are staged with employees and non-employes with the jeans. There are parts of the vaults where they are similar to "Clean Rooms" where more protective measures are taken.

Another funny story is that, back in the 80s, a Church general authority has some visitors in town and showed up at the vault wanting to give them a tour. He and his group were turned away because EVERYONE must get permission to tour the vault.

The answer on original microfilms is, even when digitized, the originals are stored because many records were aloud to be filmed under promise to permanently store the film. If they didn't keep that promise, record collecting would be damaged.


I Timothy 1 : 4 "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."

Titus 3 : 9 "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain."

When will the Restoration Movement get back to the center of the whole Gospel... Jesus Christ?


It's important to read the full sentence to get the meaning. Those of you worried about the two people in photos wearing jeans, the rest of the sentence in the article says, "cotton fibers created by brushing pant legs when LARGE GROUPS walk by".

I too would love to see the virtual tour if it becomes available. Enjoyed the few photos with the article!


The question all of us want to ask. How long will it take to get all of that garbage out of there and convert it to a long term survival shelter in event of a meteor threat.

It isn't garbage.

Dave from Taylorsville

ChrisVaWa | 9:26 a.m. April 29,
"I Timothy 1 : 4 "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do."

Titus 3 : 9 "But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.""

So then Chris, we should run to our bibles and rip out the first 16 verses of The New Testament (Matt. 1: 1-16). And also countless chapters in the Old Testament.

If you were to understand the verses you quoted in scriptural context and their historical context you'd know that the Jews of that time were justifying themselves though their lineage.

But to the ignorant, gullible and foolish these verses just might support your argument.



Thank you for your kind words...

In Old Testament times genealogy was important because Priesthood was by lineage and the genealogy of Jesus was important because it established his lineage in fulfilling scripture prophecies concerning his coming.

I think it funny how "endless genealogies" and "foolish questions" go hand in hand in these verses. Like when someone is sorting out who they will be sealed to if their parents are divorced but still sealed together and their father is sealed to another woman who is not the person mother. Or who a person will be sealed to if raised by a faithful Mormon Aunt who never married and who's parents are divorces, remarried and not Mormon, and wouldn't want someone to come along and seal them to their parents, because the Aunt is the one who raised them.

Your endless genealogies do raise lots of ridiculous question, just as the verses state.


If you truely and sincerely investigated the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints you would know that Christ is at the center and head of the Church.


@Flashback - Wild Willy! That one was probably my favorite of his cartoons. Pity they probably won't have him in the virtual tour....


Flashback | 2:40 p.m. April 28, 2010
I do remember a cartoon from Grondahl years ago that depicted Wild Willy who lived in the underground vaulds. Hysterical.

Wild Willy! That one was probably my favorite of those cartoons. I'm so happy to see someone remembers that. They should put *him* in the virtual tour.


@ChrisVaWa- First of all, we do not have endless geneologies. Second- The scriptures did not say geneologies are evil, but "to avoid 'endless' geneologies, which minister questions, Rather than Godly edifying. I would agree that LDS should not engage in silly questions such as the one's you put forth. In fact, Apostles and the Prophet have given us the same advice found in the scriptures. Don't ask silly questions like "Did Adam have a belly button?" There are some who would strive with this question to the point that they lost their faith! That is the point Titus and Timothy were making. LDS folks should put Christ at the center of their faith, as counseled by scriptures and church leaders. The church has always taught us this and warns us not to get deviated by silly questions, endless genealogies,contentions or strivings about the law or shall we say "gospel of Christ" for that is what the law directs us to. I see no conflict here, in fact, only support that our work is true, and the warning not to get caught up in questions that might undermine our faith.

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