The Work of Temple Construction

Consider 17,096 exterior stones, 47 miles or nearly 250,000 linear feet of wood, 4,668 cubic yards of concrete, 407 tons of structural steel, 80 miles of electrical wiring and 184 individual doors.

These numbers describe some of the construction details involved in building the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The supply list would not differ much in quantity from any other construction project of more than 61,000 square feet, but temple construction projects operate on one noticeably differing principle: prayer.

At the beginning of each workday, construction project managers, engineers and specially called temple missionaries gather in a review of the day’s assignments and conclude that inventory session with a prayer.

David and Bobbie Arnson, Church missionaries assigned to the recently completed Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple construction in Salt Lake County, Utah, suggest that “the teamwork achieved in carefully creating a temple begins in a morning devotional with the project managers and prayer.”

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