The Design, Construction, and Role of the Salt Lake Temple
Alford, Kenneth L.,Esplin, Scott C.
Salt Lake City : The Place Which God Prepared
Religious Studies Center, BYU
Within days of President Brigham Young's arrival in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, he designated the site for the future temple. As he and a few others were walking across the area that one day would be Temple Square, he stopped between the two forks of City Creek, struck the ground with his cane, and declared, "Here will be the Temple of our God." Wilford Woodruff placed a stake in the ground to mark the spot that would become the center of the future building. [From the text]