Watch: Like the Salt Lake Temple, the Lord may tear us down to build us up

by | Jun. 19, 2020


Have you ever wondered why the Lord doesn’t make reaching our righteous desires easier? Or why spiritual growth can feel slow even when you choosing the right?

In a new LDS Living 5-Minute Fireside, author Mark Henshaw shares how the history of the construction of the Salt Lake Temple can help us find answers to those and other tough questions.

Author Mark Henshaw discovered lessons about how the Lord teaches and refines His people while writing his new book, 40 Years: The Saga of Building the Salt Lake Temple.

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Watch the video below to learn more about why sometimes the Lord breaks us down before He builds us up, what it means to build a personal railroad, and how the Lord teaches us to appreciate the value of His blessings.

From the chilly February day in 1853 when the prophet Brigham Young drove a shovel into the soil to break ground for the Salt Lake Temple until its dedication in 1893, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were confronted with political hostility from the US government and severe challenges imposed by nature itself.

This enthralling book, written by master storyteller Mark Henshaw, tells the narrative of the building of that iconic temple—a place of worship and refuge forty years in the making. Available now at Deseret Book and


Emily Abel

Emily first found her love for storytelling as an editorial intern at LDS Living. She recently returned as an editor and loves that her job is to highlight the meaningful in life. Emily is a graduate of Utah State University in English. Hiking trails, dance studios, and behind the cover of a good book are some of her favorite places to be.

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