May 16, 2020 - Seismic Retrofits

There is a 50% chance in the next 50 years that one of the fault lines along the Wasatch Front will slip and cause an earthquake that will measure 7.2 on the Richter scale. This would cause the floors in the [Salt Lake] temple to dislodge from their inserts in the walls and pancake down.

To guard against the Salt Lake Temple’s demise, the current seismic upgrade includes the placement of about 150 base isolators under the foundation. They absorb shock, cushioning the building so an earthquake measuring 7.2 would feel like one measuring 5.2. The difference between 5.2 and 7.2 is one hundred fold.

As a result, the temple will still feel the earthquake, but the magnitude will be dampened, and the whole temple will ‘roll with the punch,’ being able to move five feet in any direction on this base isolator foundation. The temple will withstand the seismic hit.

Elder Dale G. Renlund, BYU-I Devotional, April 28, 2020



In Elder Renlund's devotional, he compares the seismic protections that the temple is getting with those we need to put into place as our own seismic occurances will come. We can try to withstand a 7.2 on our own and, most likely, crumble to dust. Or we can prepare so the magnitude of the hits that will come will only make us shift a bit in place but still stand firm.


He suggests a number of base isolators in our own foundations that will buffer the hits. The first base isolator is “faith in Heavenly Father and His plan and trust in His and Jesus Christ’s love”.


The second base isolator as the earthquakes of challenges, difficulties, and hard times come is "to recognize the added strength, capacity and resilience God is willing to give us and the help that God inspires others to give.”. Many times, not only will God send angels to bear us up, and most of the time we have no idea they're there, but... He mainly sends other mortals to help and support us.


The third base isolator is "to develop faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and understand how His Atonement is applied to us". Life is full of what we perceive as unfairness. But, remember, our perception is not the same as God's perception.


Bottom line is that we know this. But, like we've been admonished to prepare ourselves temporally by getting a year supply of food, water, and other necessities, we are now being admonished to get our spiritual foundations prepared, retrofitted, and, solid, for the earthquakes, the storms, the wind, and the chaos that IS coming.

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