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Marples: Salt Lake City Temple restoration is a worthwhile upgrade

May 4, 2019

I read the article in the April 19 Daily Herald, “Renderings of Salt Lake Temple renovations.”

It told how the perhaps best-known LDS temple in the world will close Dec. 29 for four years as part of the Temple Square renovation plan. While four years is a long time for a closure, it is undoubtedly necessary to perform the upgrades and reinforce the structural integrity of the Salt Lake Temple.

Having walked the grounds on several locations, I marvel at its beauty. However, I realize, that just like the renovations to the Catholic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris after the recent disastrous fire, that skilled artisans need time and must work unhindered. P

robably the best improvement to the Salt Lake Temple is making fortifications against potential earthquakes. It would be nice if the church put out a “missionary call” to licensed experts such as electricians, stonemasons and others to work on the project.

I don’t say this lightly, President Russell M. Nelson himself said it was originally built by “courageous pioneers.” Portions of the iconic “wall” will be removed and replaced with supposedly more “visitor-friendly” see-through fencing. Personally, I wish the wall would stay intact. It simply adds history.

I would hope that a few courageous and truly skilled souls of the 21st century would be involved in the restoration. I wish the project success.

-- James Marples, Provo