In my excitement over my new cover, I sort of spaced answering the final trivia question from the last edition of our Temple Trivia series.
What event briefly halted work on the Manti Temple?
A) The death of Brigham Young
B) The assassination of President Garfield
C) A stone quarry explosion
D) A grasshopper plague
The answer: B, the assassination of President Garfield.
For a couple of days, everything stopped in his memory, including the temple construction, as people mourned the loss of their president.
There's a chance Brigham Young's death stopped the work, too, but I found no record of it. However, the temple might not have had a full-time crew at that point, since Brigham Young died so early on in the construction, just four months after the ground breaking. So maybe there just wasn't any work going on to stop when he died.
The stone quarry didn't have any major accidents, just minor stuff like dropping a big rock on someone's foot.
Finally, the Manti settlers did have grasshopper plagues, but they happened before temple construction.
There you have it!
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