Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormons. The buildings are spectacular and each has a story about how it came to be.
The Salt Lake Temple, above, was built by Mormon pioneers between 1853 and 1893. There are no tours of this building, but you can learn everything about this building at the at the Church History Museum. Thomas O. Angell Sr. was the chief architect until his death in 1853. One of the guides we met, told us that each stone was hand cut to fill the designated spot it was designed for.
The granite stone used in the building of the temple was brought to the sight one stone at a time. The many tasks involved in the building of the temple are documented in the Church History Museum. In addition to the displays and signboards, knowledgeable guides are available to answer questions.
Everywhere we stopped there were guides to answer questions or offer details about where we were standing. They were never intrusive or overbearing. They were more friendly and helpful than Google. They seemed to know what we were interested in and how to give us the knowledge that would satisfy “us” and not just the general population.
We talked about pictures. The guide recommended we go to the tenth floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to get the BEST VIEW. The above picture is taken from the tenth floor. It is the Conference Center. The white building in the center seats 21,000 people; has a water fall cascading down the south facade and the roof is planted with four acres of plants and trees.
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a treasure. It used to be a hotel, built in 1909 with completion in 1911. The Hotel Utah was a first-class hotel. It ceased operation as a hotel in 1987. “A major remodeling and adaptive reuse project to accommodate both community and church functions was completed in 1993. Church leader Gordon B. Hinckley chose the name when he observed that there were many monuments to pioneer leader and Utah founder Brigham Young, but none to Joseph Smith.” Wikipedia
The opulence of the early 1900s is prevalent in the Joseph Smith building. For instance, the design in the carpeting is repeated in the second-floor railings. Comfortable chairs are handy and make the place very welcoming.
The 10-foot diameter chandelier is lowered twice a year and hand cleaned to keep it sparling under the beautiful leaded glass ceiling.
The building has many visitor friendly features. The ball room of the original hotel is now used as a chapel. Visitors may use computers in the Family Search Center. There is a café and gift show at the lobby level. The tenth floor has two restaurants.
I don’t know how long we could have carried on the very interesting conversation, but we were on a mission to see the 10th floor and then get to the concert.
We were greeted on the 10th floor by a wonderful guide who got as excited by the views from the 10th floor as we did. He seemed so happy to show us the sights and point out different buildings and give them names. He even gave us a special view of the Utah State Capital building.
He understood our need to hurry off to see the organ recital at noon time.
You may have heard of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Well we got to go to the Tabernacle where the organ is housed. Not only that, we got to attend an Organ Recital performed by Richard L. Elliott. It was magnificent!
Due to time constraints, we reluctantly left Salt Lake City to meet other commitments. Who knew we would have such a great time.
If you have the chance or can make the opportunity, I highly recommend you visit Salt Lake City and visit Temple Square and all the wondrous places there.
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