The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple was changed to Dec. 16, 2006.
Robert Homer, president of the South Jordan Utah Highland Stake, moved his members into action. Because of the change there wasn't enough to time to coordinate fully among the 26 Mormon stakes in the new temple district.
The designated spot for the groundbreaking was hard-packed by early construction traffic. "It was solid," Homer said. The cold earth had to be coaxed out bit by bit with picks. A ceremonial trough in the ground was filled with soft soil.
A tent was erected. Parking areas were designated. Ushers, security and more were provided. The groundbreaking was successful.
Volunteers from Homer's stake were blessed. But this was only the beginning.