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Gifts for the Temple

In the winter of 1899, Primary leaders in the Salt Lake Stake encouraged children to save nickels as Christmas presents for the temple—and they soon gathered a thousand nickels’ worth of donations to send to President Lorenzo Snow for that purpose. On December 23, President Snow had a reply to his “dear little Friends” published in the newspaper. “Not only does this offering appear to your credit upon the records of our sacred Temple, but angels too have record borne,” he told them. “The Temple presidency thank you and your kind teachers, and earnestly say, God bless you, and may the Spirit prompting such kind actions draw you nearer and nearer to God as you grow in years, and prepare you to dwell eternally in His presence.”

Christmas Gift to the Temple,” Deseret Evening News, Dec 23, 1899, 1