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25 years ago

Ground was broken during a spring snowstorm for the Church's Genealogical Library (now the Family History Library) on May 11, 1983, according to the May 15, 1983, edition of the Church News.

The article reported: "With Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve at the controls, a large yellow backhoe roared and shook as it bit into snow-covered ground....

"Moments earlier, Elder Perry and several other shovel-wielding men had symbolically turned over the first shovelfuls of earth for the new building while being buffeted by an unusual May snowstorm."

Elder Perry spoke during a service moved out of the snow to the foyer of the adjacent, unfinished Museum of Church History and Art. He said: "This will be one of the great (repositories) of family histories. ... We hope that all peoples will come here, that they might discover a foundation of heritage upon which to build their families."

Joining Elder Perry at the ceremony were other General Authorities: Elder Royden G. Derrick of the Presidency of the Seventy; Elder John H. Groberg, Elder Hartman Rector Jr. and Elder Richard G. Scott, all of the Seventy; and Bishop H. Burke Peterson, a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.

The library was dedicated Oct. 23, 1985, by President Gordon B. Hinckley, then second counselor in the First Presidency.