Announcement: 24 July 1847
Salt Lake Temple is the biggest and most notable of the 130 temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). I love every opportunity to visit this magnificent granite edifice located in the heart of Temple Square, either to attend services inside or just to admire its stunning workmanship from every angle. So for the umpteenth time last January 22-27, 2012, I visited this No. 1 tourist attraction in Utah, not once but twice!
Salt Lake Temple is the centerpiece of the 35 acresTemple Square and considered unique as it took early Latter-Day Saints pioneers more than 40 years to build. Upon dedication in April 1893, Salt Lake Temple became the sixth temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is still being used for performing sacred ordinances like marriage, endowments and family sealings. Also, this worldwide icon is the location of the weekly meetings of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Since the Salt Lake Temple was closed for regular maintenance during my visit, I satisfied myself with admiring its neo-gothic style architecture just like the rest of the visitors. But aside from the aesthetic beauty, I could feel the faith and dedication of the early Latter-Day Saints pioneers who sacrificed both time and material goods to the building of this sacred temple!Free guided tour of the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple and the rest of the Temple Square is open to ALL visitors of all faiths from 9am to 9pm. At the North Visitor's Center, there is a cross-sectioned model of the temple and an interactive touchscreen showing the rooms and the use of the rooms inside the temple. To see the beautiful Christus statue on display, head to the South Visitors Center.