A century from now, when generations yet unborn open the cornerstone of the Draper Utah Temple, they will find a score of items reflecting the time period of the historic occasion when it was sealed by President Thomas S. Monson and other dignitaries.Less tangible are the memories and spiritual experiences of those that oversaw the temple open house and preparations for the dedication.They gathered on Thursday, March 19, in the foyer of the temple to place the items in an archival case to be contained in the cornerstone and to recollect some of those memories and experiences.President Rodolfo C. Franco of the Draper Utah South Mountain Stake, who chaired the open house committee and conducted the meeting, said he wanted it to be informal and low-key so as not to overshadow the dedication itself. But the remarks and testimonies of those whom he called upon to speak caused some to wipe away tears of quiet emotion and gratitude.(Items included in the cornerstone are listed with the full article on ldschurchnews.com.)But among the more unique articles are two sets of writing pens handcrafted by historical committee chairman Jim West from roots of some of the scrub oak cleared from the temple site and from the maple and imported African makore wood used in the interior construction of the temple. He said he arranged with Teresa Collins, who lived across the street from the temple site, to notify him on the day workers tore out the oak brush so he could come and cut some of the roots for making the pens.Also, a Draper Temple History Book compiled by Brother West, Vicki Taylor and LaRayne Day, covering the time from the announcement of the temple to the day of dedication was placed in the cornerstone. The book includes the history of the Church in the temple area, pictures of the temple in various stages of construction, photos of the local committee, an account of the groundbreaking service and open house, newspaper clippings and committee newsletters, written testimonies and experiences and minutes of the open house and dedication.See the rest of this story on ldschurchnews.com.
Inside the Draper Utah Temple cornerstone
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