Thus, on the firm foundation of prayer and discipline, the Grotto was built the following summer. Wagon loads of stone from every quarter of land in the district, thundered into the colony for days on end, the stone masons and all the men carried the heavy stones and placed them into place. The young girls and women mixed the mortar. They also cooked for the whole crew! Such items like home baked bread, soups, stews and chicken dishes were made. One letter described how they made 30 chickens 10 loaves of bread and a bag of potatoes for the workers.