Benjamin Thomas Mitchell’s distinctive contributions in the restoration include the following:

  • As documented in official Church temple construction records, B.T. Mitchell sculpted the first sunstone for the Nauvoo temple. One of the original 30 sunstones  is currently on display at the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington D.C., right next to the original U.S. Star Spangled Banner. The Sunstone at the Smithsonian has a chiseled (M) marked on the upper left hand corner-likely indicating that the Sunstone at the Smithsonian was sculpted by B.T. (M)itchell


  • He was ordained a Seventy at the Nauvoo Conference on October 6th, 1844 and was called as a Counselor in the 16th Quorum of the Seventies January 19, 1845.


  • He was a stone mason for the Nauvoo, IL Temple, dedicated May 1, 1846.


  • On his first Mormon pioneer trek, he was a Captain in the Heber C. Kimball Pioneer company, 1848.


  •  He was a stone mason /foreman for the Salt Lake City, UT Temple, dedicated April 6, 1893. Benjamin Mitchell was a close associate with Brigham Young, Truman Angell and others in drawing up the plans for the Salt Lake temple. He counseled Brigham Young to use granite rock instead of sandstone for the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple.



  • He carved the Salt Lake City Meridian Marker, currently located in the Church Museum- 1st Floor (See Blog for photos and history).


  • He served a mission in Nova Scotia, Canada, 1852-1855 (See journal on this site).



  • He served as the Bishop of the Salt Lake City, Utah 15th Ward, 1857.


  • He sent two of his sons to work as stone masons on the Saint George, UT Temple, dedicated April 6, 1877.


  • He helped develop “Deseret” Salt Lake City as a stone mason for commercial and government buildings such as the ZCMI,  the Courthouse and a bank building.

3 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Thanks for including my name on your roster for updates. You will be very pleased with the work of Clair Steck in the creation of the replica Sunstone. He graciously provided the stone music scroll in our chapel and very few know of its origin.

  2. I’m not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend a while finding out much more or figuring out more.
    Thanks for excellent info I used to be on the lookout for this information for
    my mission.

  3. I love this site. Benjamin T. Mitchell was my great, great grandfather and I love learning more about him.

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