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The Mormon Temple

Tabernacle Choir

Southeast corner of Temple

Southwest corner of Temple

East towers


What an awesome day we had yesterday! We spent a good share of the day in Temple Square at the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. It is such a beautiful and inspiring place, the grounds and buildings, you are allowed in, are incredible. You can only enter the temple if you are a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints and then only by going through your church's bishop. The temple itself is used for baptisms and marriages. Yesterday it was the site of 14 weddings and in visiting with one of the ushers, we were told they have held as many as 136 weddings in the temple in one day. The temple is 385,000 sq ft and took 40 years to complete. The granite rock used in its construction was hauled 23 miles by ox-drawn wagons from a nearby canyon. The walls are nine feet thick at ground level and six feet thick at the top. The east center tower is 210 feet high and is topped by an angel. According to Matthew Brown and Paul Smith in the book "The Salt Lake Temple," many of the structures at the top have deep symbols for the church. Temple Square itself sits on over 10 acres but including the surrounding church buildings takes approximately 35 acres in and around the square. It is also home to the Beehive House which was Brigham Young's' residence and home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The city and suburbs of Salt Lake City are all marked and developed as to their distance and direction from Temple Square. The Square also houses the largest genealogy library in the world and is open to the public to use the collection. Salt Lake City is the headquarters for the Church of Latter Day Saints and the most visited place in the area.



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