Monday, December 28, 2015

Historical Reenactment: The Mountain of the Lord

The Mountain of the Lord, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  Salt Lake (1993)
This video is a reenactment of the construction and dedication of the Salt Lake Temple using the journal of Wilford Woodruff as its guide.  It indicates some of the dialogue is directly taken from the journal.  It particularly follows a stone cutter and his apprentice.  While they are diverted to working on the railway the stonecutter is injured and loses an arm.  however He continued with his work for the temple despite this.  (The movie points out that completion of the railroad was essential to the temple effort.  After rails were laid to the quarry sight, the transportation of granite blocks become much easier.  This movie portrays the covering of the temple when Johnston's army came through Salt Lake City.  It looked like nothing more than a plowed field.  The foundation had been buried.
There was a struggle when the foundation is uncovered, and they discover cracks in the foundation.  This was found to be the mortar, so it was redone without mortar.
The Salt Lake Temple was a real struggle to build, and it took 40 years to do so.

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