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Regardless of your religious persuasion, you cannot help but be moved by the beauty, artistry and craftsmanship of Temple Square.
Temple Square is the headquarters and hub of the Latter Day Saints of Jesus Christ church, commonly referred to as the Mormons. It sits as a 10 acre oasis in the amidst the busy Salt Lake City.
We spent a short time in the Family Center where the genealogy work starts. Temple Square houses the largest genealogical collection of its kind in the world. Having worked several years on our genealogy in the past, we decided to spend the rest of our afternoon seeing the square.
As we entered one of the two Visitor Centers, we were greeted by two young ladies, working as guides during their 18 month mission period. Young adults have the option of serving as missionaries for the church for 18 months.
The girls we had as guides were delightful, giving us an excellent tour of the grounds. The lavish Temple is visible from anywhere in the square. It is open only to members of the church.
Another young lady demonstrated the acoustics of the building. From the front of the building, with no electrical amplification, she dropped a pin on the podium, and you could hear the distinct ‘ping’ at the rear of the building.
The huge columns, appearing to be marble, are actually pine, realistically painted. One of the massive organs is also located here, but we weren’t visiting on the right day to hear a recital of the organ playing or the choir.
The gigantic Conference Center (seats 21,000) actually has a four acre garden, complete with trees and fountains located on its roof. A waterfall cascades down the south facade.
There was only time for a quick stop in the second visitor center. Here, murals depicting the life of Christ fill the walls. There are two art galleries, and a large walk-around interactive map of Jerusalem.
We enjoyed a quick, delicious meal in the one of the squares restaurants, then headed for the train station to return home. There were many more buildings and areas in Temple Square that we did not have time to investigate … another reason to return to the area some day. For more information on Temple Square, CLICK HERE.