Carpenter 'humbled' by Mormon temple work

In the beginning, J.R. Potthast saw it as just another job.

But the metro-east carpenter later learned that this order would literally be a mission ... from God.

"It was quite an experience," Potthast said. "I was awed and humbled by it."

This job was completed last month over the course of 10 days about 20 miles northeast of Kansas City, Mo. Potthast, who owns Thick & Thin Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill near Pierron, was hired to cut the lumber for a new temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Specifically, the 8-acre construction site is just southeast of the intersection at Interstate 435 and Shoal Creek Parkway. It was selected two years ago for historical significance.

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