Inside the Church's storied Granite Mountain vault

The LDS Church is opening its storied vault – albeit in a virtual kind of way.

Kicking off the national Family History Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center was Wednesday morning's virtual video tour of the Granite Mountain Records Vault, the seldom-seen site of records preservation and storage for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Granite Mountain is home to some 35 billion images of genealogical information, contained mostly on 2.4 million rolls of microfilm, said Jay L. Verkler, managing director of the church's Family History Department and presenter of Wednesday's "tour."

Some 50-plus employees work at the secluded vault site, where records are stored, copied and digitized.

Granite Mountain doubles as a deep-storage facility protecting materials key to church operations, leadership and history.

If the casual observer sees LDS temples as being semi-secret, then the average Mormon may have similar leanings about the facility located not far up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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