Visited the Mormom Temple

Trip Start May 19, 2013
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Trip End Sep 01, 2013


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Temple square is basically the center of downtown. I believe the grounds cover 35 acres. Salt Lake City is the world headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Our campground offers free shuttles to Temple Square. We take the shuttle and then take a free guided tour given by "sisters" of the church. This is part of the sisters voluntary mission once they turn 18. They give their service at the Temple for 18 months. We were paired with a young lady from the Ukraine and another from South Salt Lake City. There are young people from all over the world giving service.

The grounds are beautiful. I do not think there was a spot that was not beautifully landscaped or had a beautifully designed building. The architecture is gorgeous, there are tons of flowers, beautiful plants, trees everywhere, sculptures large and small and beautiful fountains and water features.

The sisters took us to 2 visitors centers. Each of the Visitors Centers depicted different aspects of the history and work of the Mormon faith. In the North Visitor Center, there is a fairly large room with a large sculpture of Jesus Christ. Apparently the Mormon Prophet had this sculpture duplicated after he saw the original in Copenhagen. We visited the Tabernacle Hall that houses the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We just missed an organ recital, but we did hear a recorded version of the organ and the choir. We also listened to an explanation of the acoustics in this assembly hall. No matter where you sit, front, back, balcony, you hear the exact same sound.
In addition the sisters walked us to view from the outside the Conference Center that can seat up to 21,000 people, the World Headquarters Building, the Assembly Hall built in 1882 which we later visited, Joseph Smith Memorial Building which we also visited later on our own, and of course The Temple that only Mormom's in good standing are allowed to enter. There are also rules within the Mormon faith as to what rooms are accessible depending on criteria met by the person. The sisters gave us history and their perspectives on each of the buildings or points of interest. It was a very thorough tour and it didn't take that long. Afterward we could stay as long as we wanted and visit those areas that are open to the public, which we did.

The City Creek Mall is very close to the square, we went there to eat. It is a lovely tri-level mall. Salt Lake City has really done a good job with this mall. We had lunch and took the shuttle back to our campground.

I am glad we did not miss this tour.
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