On August 27, 1894, John Hyrum Koyle of Spanish Fork, Utah, was visited by a personage attired in white and radiating intelligence. The angel told Koyle that the Lord had called him to open up a gold mine for the benefit of Zion and the world in a future time of trouble. John Koyle spent his life establishing what he called the "Relief Mine" near Salem, Utah, and though it never produced gold, he and his followers had faith that in the last days the gold would come in and provide for the Saints when they most needed it.  The mine is still maintained today on the west slopes of the Wasatch mountains in Utah County. It is the world's largest non-producing gold mine on the face of the earth!
Bishop Koyle was a very interesting character. Ever since his mission in 1888 he was known as having prophetic abilities. Beginning in 1914 he made many prophecies concerning the last days. He gained many followers when some of his prophecies came to pass. When the Church announced that its next temple would be built in Mexico, the Bishop said "President Smith wouldn't have made that promise if he had seen what I saw in a dream. I saw Mexican soldiers driving these Saints out of Mexico, and they were allowed to take only one piece of baggage each with them. There won't be enough of our people in Mexico to support a temple if this happens." 
When the revolutionary forces of Pancho Villa began their attacks on border towns in 1912, members in the Mormon settlements were driven from Mexico, and plans for a temple were scrapped, just as Bishop Koyle had prophesied. The Bishop also predicted events of World War I. Word spread, and John Koyle's followers soon included some well-known names in the Mormon Church.
Apostle George Teasdale was interested in the story Koyle told of the detailed instructions he received in digging the mine shafts. He later said he knew it was of God and gave it his official blessing, and commended Bishop Koyle for his work on the mine. 
Apostle Matthais F. Cowley, although very pressed for money, was another who bought stock in the mine and gave it his favor and approval, declaring that it was inspired of God. 
J. Golden Kimball, one of the seven presidents of the Seventy as well as President Ivins of the First Presidency of the Church in the 1920's were also strong believers in the mine. 
The Koyle Dream Mine caused so much controversy that Church leaders decided to investigate further. James E. Talmage, a geologist, was sent to Salem to take a look at the mine. He could find no evidence that precious metals would ever be found in the strata being explored.  “I say to you that the misrepresentations that have been made in selling stock of the Koyle Mine are of the Evil One,” proclaimed Talmage in a 1928 issue of the Spanish Fork Press.
Some time after Elder Talmage died, Bishop Koyle reported to some of his friends, that Elder Talmage had come to him in spirit, and begged forgiveness. Apparently, until Bishop Koyle forgave him, Elder Talmage was unable to progress any further. 
My next post will continue the story of the Dream Mine and bring you updates to the present time.
But for now I would like to stop and consider a few questions. Since we live in a day when the General Authorities present a united front to the world on all issues, we don't have the same quandry earlier members did when faced with an issue upon which the Authorities of the Church disagreed. Please leave your thoughts on how you would have solved such a problem. Would you have been confident to use your common sense to choose whichever side looked more logical? Would you have made these things a matter of prayer? How would you have explained the situation where equally faithful members of the Church received different inspiration on the same issue?
Lastly, do you feel it is better that the General Authorities decline to make their differences of opinion public, or do you think an open discussion of their disagreements might be healthy?
 The Relief Mine web site
 Ogden Kraut, The Relief Mine, chapter 7
[3, 4, 5] L. De Lynn "DOC" Hansen, Bishop John H. Koyle: The Dream Mine Story
 Bet you didn't know... Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Jun 16, 2003
 Journal History, August 7, 1913, p. 3.