One of the most exciting stories of lost treasure comes
from the early
days of the Mormon settlers in Utah. If you have ever
been to Salt Lake City, the most impressive site is the
Mormon Temple. On the very top of the temple is a statue
of the angel, Moroni. The statue is covered with solid
gold. According to Mormon legend the gold was provided
by Thomas Rhoads, from mines known only to him. This is
the story of those mines.
The story begins with Brigham Young adopting and baptizing Chief Wakara, of the Ute Indians, as a member of the Mormon Church. Wakara made an agreement with Brigham, that he could designate one man as his representative and Wakara would show him where a fabulous gold mine was located. Brigham designated Thomas Rhoads as his representative. Wakara took Rhoads to the secret place where the gold was hidden, only after he and Brigham had agreed that no other man would ever know it's location. During his trips into the mountains, Rhoads discovered several old Spanish mines, but they were not the source of the Church gold shown to him by Wakara. Very likely some of the Indians who accompanied (continued...)
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