Summarized by Kent Larsen
President Hinckley heaves the first shovel at the Nauvoo temple site Sunday
(BYU) Daily Universe 24Oct99 N1
By Diana Van Orden: NewsNet Staff Writer
Just over 150 years after the Nauvoo Temple was destroyed, President
Gordon B. Hinckley broke ground at the Temple site to rebuild it. The
groundbreaking ceremony was attended by President Hinckley, Elder Henry
B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Donald L. Staheli of the
Seventy, as well as a 100-voice choir of senior missionaries serving in
Nauvoo and members of the Nauvoo and surrounding stakes.
Like the original building, the temple will be 128 feet long, 88 feet
wide and 65 feet high, with a tower and spire rising an additional 100
feet. The interior will be modified from the original design and also
have about 50,000 square feet of floorspace. The Church had also hoped
to use rock from the same quarry that was used to build the original
building, but the rock from the quarry was not as stable as required, so
limestone from a quarry 11 miles south of town will be used instead.
The Temple's district is one of the smallest in the Church, with just
four stakes and 8,000 to 10,000 members.