During the October 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a temple will be built in Star Valley, Wyoming. With our Gardner ties to Star Valley, our entire family was excited and thrilled to hear the announcement. Shortly after, I received an email from Emily Gammon sharing some information that there has been a prophesy since the 1800s that a temple would be built in Star Valley. Since I was not raised in that area, I had not heard about this, and I suspect many of you may not know about it either. So, tonight I would like to share with you a small moment in history about Star Valley and the soon-to-be-built temple.
Moses Thatcher was called to be an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the April conference of 1879. He replaced Orson Hyde who had died the previous November. On July 3, 1894, George Goddard reported on a trip he had taken to the Star Valley area, which was published in the Deseret Weekly, Vol. 49, pp. 122-23. In that report, he mentioned a prophesy of Elder Moses Thatcher that a temple would be built in Star Valley. Here is a portion of that report:
"A fine tract of bench land on the eastern portion of Afton will afford a beautiful site for a Temple hereafter to be built, as per prophesy of Elder Moses Thatcher. This bench lies at the mouth of Swift Creek canyon, from whence flows a large stream of pure water, flanked on either side by a park of beautiful swamp pines, many of which are more than 100 feet high."
Below are images of the documents where this was published. If you click on them, you can see an enlarged copy. Thanks again to Emily for sharing this with the family.