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Supplemental blogpost: The Deseret Stone

Did you know that the Washington monument bears a vestige of the independent Mormon state that never was?

As a prelude to the content in the upcoming Season 2 episode 1 podcast (to be released in the very near future!) This blog-post is a nod to a Mormon Easter egg located in our humble federal capitol.

Before Utah territory was officially recognized and sanctioned by the United States government, Brigham Young and his band of settlers established a provisional state which existed for just over 2 years. This early territory was named “Deseret” after the word for “honeybee” in the Book of Mormon.

This gave rise to the Utah state symbol of a beehive and the nickname for Utah,  “The Beehive State”.

In recognition of their new provisional territory, A brick was commissioned by the legislature of Deseret to represent Deseret in the iconic monument being constructed in the District of Columbia.

The unassuming brick is located on the 220 ft. landing inside of the monument, the brick is adorned with the symbolic beehive and an inscription that reads “Holiness to the lord” and “Deseret”.

The brick was crafted by Mormon pioneer artist William Ward and was donated to the project in 1853 just before federal funding for the monument project dried up temporarily.

Be sure to look for it if you ever visit the nation’s capitol, and decide to hoof it up the stairs of the Washington Monument rather than taking the convenient elevators!