This book reflects the fortunate confluence of several factors: first, Blaine Yorgason's considerable talents as a storyteller combined with the academic skills of seasoned historians Douglas Alder and Richard Schmutz; second, the inclusion of previously unpublished journal accounts from colorful and credible participants who helped build the St. George Temple; and third, the previously little-noticed historical placement of this temple, not merely as a local story, but in its concluding role as the third temple required to complete the full restoration of temple ordinances--Kirtland, Nauvoo, and St. George.
Blaine Yorgason is well known to LDS readers for his numerous novels, such as Charlie's Monument, Windwalker, and Chester, I Love You. Historian Douglas Alder has made many contributions to Mormon and southern Utah history, both before and since he served as president of Dixie College from 1986 to 1993. Richard Schmutz taught history at BYU before entering the construction business, which gave him a builder's perspective on constructing a pioneer temple. All three authors were associated with the St. George Temple in recent years as sealers and ordinance workers.