Saturday, October 07, 2006

Granite for Headstone

Rolly: Will this be a rocky road to salvation?

By Paul Rolly
Tribune Columnist
Salt Lake Tribune

Although they didn't intend it, David and Brandy Snider chipped in their 10 percent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - in the form of a headstone for the future grave of church President Gordon B. Hinckley.
    The Sniders recently built a home at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and spent $30,000 excavating the ground to make it suitable for construction. The contractor dug tons of granite boulders and rocks out of the ground, some of which the Sniders wanted to use on their home.
    They were a bit surprised when their builder, Preston Tholen, told them that representatives of the LDS Church came to the site during the construction and asked to take some of the boulders. Since they closed the quarry in the canyon, the church can't get that rock anymore, and they wanted it for the Hinckley's headstone.
    The Sniders won't be paid for the rocks. The gift, however, may help their chances for eternal salvation.

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