— For a family whose patriarch had a stroke, the costs of a new memorial at the site of his death were daunting.
It cost $1,565 million to build, and $2,811 million for the next five years, according to a federal report.
The project included the construction of an 80,000-square-foot hall, the construction and installation of a statue and the relocation of the burial ground to a spot where a cemetery has been.
To pay for it, the family of Joseph Smith Jr. raised $1 million in 2008 and $1 billion in 2010, according the report.
But the memorial project, which was approved in June, is expected to cost more than $2 billion.
Joseph Smith Jr., who died in 1843, was buried at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in South Bend, Ind., in 1857.
“The costs of the memorial were far beyond the budget,” said the Rev. Brian M. Miller, a former president of the Baptist Convention and the president of The Mount Vernon Memorial Association.
“We need to be very, very careful about the amount we put in.”
The cost to the church was almost $2 million.
The church had $1 in its coffers at the time of the funeral.
The bill will be paid by the state, according for the report, but not for the costs incurred by the church itself, including the cost of hiring a private contractor.
According to the report by the National Park Service, the church has about 2,500 members, and about 50 people attended the funeral, which also included a service for the deceased.
The monument, which includes two bronze figures and a wooden cross, is designed to represent Joseph Smith as he was revered as the Prophet of God.
It will be built in a park and will be part of a larger memorial.
The church had to hire a private developer to design the memorial.
It is expected that the cost will be about $1 to $2 per square foot of the site.