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Recycling in Kirtland

While adults supplied labor on the Kirtland Temple, Elmeda Stringham Harmon recalled how she and other “little children . . . gathered bits of glass and broken dishes which were broken up quite fine and mixed with the mortar used in plastering the temple.” This creative recycling program by the young may have inspired the common modern misconception that early Saints intentionally broke their best china to decorate the plaster.

Maybelle Harmon Anderson, Appleton Milo Harmon Goes West (1946), 168–69