Newspapers reported that the capstone contained photographs of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and the Salt Lake Temple. The photos are laminated together because of the moisture from the concrete that was trapped within the capstone. “Nothing more peaceful and beautiful could have been desired or prayed for than the day which was to see the consummation of so momentous an event,” the article says. “As we got to that last [cavity in the capstone] and realized that it was likely cabinet cards and realized that they were probably wet, the anticipation changes because the odds of finding any material that is even readable has now gone way down,” Utt said. It would be deposited in a time capsule at the dedication of the Atlanta Georgia Temple presumably, like other Church time capsules, to be opened fifty years later. Time capsule placed in cornerstone of new LDS History Library By Carole Mikita | Posted - Mar. (photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Emiline Twitchell, a conservator at the Church History Library, shows contents from the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple to the First Presidency on May 20, 2020. Some of them appear to have been done professionally and some of them [look] like someone just scratched their name onto a nickel.”. “It’s likely of a copy of another image of Joseph that we’ve seen.”. Cornerstones are symbolic of Christ, who is known as the "chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2:20). People such as Pratt and Orson Spencer were important thinkers and writers in the early Church. In the east and south cavities, the conservation team found 12 books (five in the east, seven in the south), seven of which have been positively identified: Pratt was part of the Church’s first Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, established in 1835. I think that’s really cool.”, ► You may also like: See photos and watch a time-lapse video of recent Salt Lake Temple renovation progress. These historic letters are also accompanied by photos and newspaper articles about the Church in Ghana from the year of the temple dedication. “Concrete will sweat and leach and get hot as it’s curing,” Emiline Twitchell, a conservator at the Church History Library, explained. The only other books specifically mentioned in the 1892 report are a hymn book and a compendium. … 29, 2020. The scholars concluded that the photos were likely “cabinet cards,” or images glued to a thin card, not original pictures. “I look at this coin and I think about 17-year-old Alice,” Cordon said. They concluded instead that the photos are likely cabinet cards, a popular photography type of photography in the late 19th century. For example, do they risk damaging the copper plate by cleaning it and restoring it to the way it looked in 1892? The next day, the prophet or apostle dedicating the temple seals the cornerstone with mortar as part of the dedication ceremony. I was so excited about the Temple Time Capsules, and had so much fun doing it. (photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Preservation specialists begin the process of cutting into and retrieving items from the time capsule within the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple on May 18, 2020, at the Church History Library. 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Maeser. On April 6, 1983, Elder Featherstone drafted a letter addressed to twenty- first century members of the Church. “Could she have imagined that 128 years later we would discover her simple offering?”, Church History Department staffers “are cataloging each of the items into its vast collection of historical material,” the release said. “But we wanted to be there anyway, just to be close and to pay tribute to the leaders and courageous pioneer craftsmen who against all odds built this magnificent temple.”. Even in the early days of the Church in Nauvoo, leaders filled cornerstones with historic artifacts to commemorate the symbolic cornerstone. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. “And the books essentially were sponges to all of this process that the cement is doing. I even waited until the day I got engaged to open it! According to Daily Gate, the time capsule included Standing for Something, by President Hinckley; a hymnal; a scrapbook containing press packets, brochures, photos, and articles about the Nauvoo Illinois Temple; a knife, trowel, and chisel used in temple construction; and a commemorative coin. Newspaper records from the time detail most of the items placed inside. This was done for preservation and refurbishing during the temple’s seismic upgrade that began in January 2020. The gold-leafed copper plate, discovered in the north cavity, is inscribed with the names of the Church General Authorities present for the laying of the temple cornerstone on April 6, 1853, as well as the names of Church General Authorities present at the laying of the capstone on the same date in 1892. While the time capsule doesn't have to include anything in particular, there are a few typical inclusions: a set of scriptures, the dedicatory prayer for the temple, a biography or book from the current prophet, and regional histories and pictures. “Our opening [of the capstone] has been a few people on a loading dock with very small chisels. Newspapers in 1892 reported that the capstone contained photographs of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and the Salt Lake Temple. “We have some coins that had been ground down on one side so that a person’s name could be engraved. That'll Be $8,000 a Week, Tokyo Seen Calling for Shorter Store Hours as Infections Jump. (photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) These coins were deposited in the capstone of the Salt Lake Temple on April 6, 1892. Thus, no photographic image remains. There was some initial excitement due to the newspapers’ list of photographs in the capsule — Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and the Salt Lake Temple. Even the early spring weather was wonderful. Some 400 coinsÑmostly nickels and dimes, some pennies, a few quartersÑhave been found inside the concrete.