It must have been over 25 years ago that I first saw the Logan temple. As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in Utah Valley, but I didn’t make it over to Logan except for that one time. As I recall, my mom and I were driving my aunt to Utah State University for one reason or another.
I actually remember that trip quite vividly because of horses. I wasn’t really into horses like my other girls I knew. I still haven’t ridden one. But as we were driving to Logan, I was looking out the window on some grassland, the sun was shining through the clouds, and there I saw three horses galloping along in the rain. I was struck by the beauty of it. I don’t know why, but it stands out in my mind every time I think about Logan.
Anyway, as we drove into town, I was again struck by the beauty of the area. I wanted to live there, right then. Then as we were curving up a road toward campus, I saw the Logan Temple sitting up on that hill. It’s beauty and stature struck me, and I knew very strongly in that moment that it was a holy and powerful place.
Fast forward almost three decades, and I was finally able to return to the Logan Temple, sitting up on that beautiful green hill. This time with my own children in tow.
We were in Logan so that my oldest, Michael, could go on a campus tour of USU. The timing of our trip was such that we could only be there on a day the temple was closed, but we were able to walk the grounds.
The Logan temple is the second temple completed in Utah, back in 1884. I’m still so in awe of what those early pioneers could accomplish. All volunteers, who had to support their families on top of building the temple over the course of seven years. There is a very detailed thesis about the history of the temple written by Melvin A. Larkin back in 1954. He writes about how after the temple site was dedicated, letters were sent to the bishops of the nearby wards requesting workers for the rock quarries. The letter, dated May 23, 1877 said:
Please send Monday next a thorough camping and quarrying
outfit for Green Canyon, with picks, shovels, crow bars, wedges,
etc. Say 4 good men, 1 team, 1 wagon also bring a no. 7 or 8
stove & furniture, one of your men bring a wife to cook for ten men.
Larkin goes on to say that on June 4, ten men and one woman showed up at the quarry and started working. The next day two more men showed up. They got to work immediately and within a week, rock was being hauled to the temple site.
I think that is the coolest. The church needed volunteers and they got to work.
I think we would all be super willing to jump up and volunteer if we were called on today to build a temple or do some other grand thing. Then my mind goes to the small things that are sometimes harder to do than the grand gestures. Like our monthly assignment to clean the church building. Cleaning the bathroom stalls does not seem like a noble task, but could it be considered in some ways similar?
In any case, our visit to the Logan Temple was wonderful. Carey couldn’t make it with us as he had to fly back to Oregon to work, so we’ll be back for sure.
Date Visited: July 30, 2017
Miles From Home: 726
Location: Logan Utah
Dedication: May 17-19, 1884 by John Taylor; Rededicated March 13-15, 1979 by Spencer W. Kimball
From the Dedicatory Prayer: We ask thee to bless the nation in which we live and the rulers thereof, for we are persuaded, O Lord, that while great wickedness and corruption abound in all grades of society, that there are hundreds of thousands of honorable men who are desirous to do right and maintain the principles of freedom and the liberty of men, and who do not and cannot acquiesce in the measures taken by the thoughtless and uninformed, who seem to be desirous to injure Thy people, many of whom, however, through the circulation of misrepresentation and falsehood, do not comprehend the position which Thy people occupy, nor the principles by which they are governed. Enlighten their minds, we pray Thee, and lead them in the paths of life. Bless, we pray Thee, all the upright, the pure and virtuous who are seeking to maintain and sustain the glorious principles of freedom enunciated in the Constitution of the United States, and who are opposed to tyranny, misrule and oppression; and save this nation, O God, from the infamy, under guise of law, of being the spoliators and robbers of a virtuous, inoffensive and God-fearing people, in violation of their constitutional rights, and because they fear and reverence Thee and Thy laws but may this house be preserved unto us as a holy place wherein to worship Thee…