When Brigham reached Utah, he immediately surveyed the site for the Salt Lake Temple. But the Saints struggled to survive in their new land for several years before they were actually able to begin the temple. The ground was dedicated on February 14, 1853, six years after the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.
Brigham knew exactly how Heavenly Father wanted the temple to be built because he saw it in vision. “I scarcely ever say much about revelations or visions, but
. . . I . . .see it [the temple] as plainly as if it were in reality before me.”