Last summer, my husband and I made a trip to Utah, and we spent a day at Temple Square. You’ve got to admit, it’s a pretty impressive structure. The walls are 9 feet thick at the top, and 6 feet thick at the top. The angel Moroni statue on top is 14 feet tall.
It’s even more impressive when you know a little of it’s history. Construction on it began on July 28, 1853, only six years after the Latter Day Saints arrived in what we know as the Salt Lake valley. The city of Salt Lake was planned around the location of the temple.
The stone used to build the temple was brought here from a quarry 20 miles away. The whole temple took 40 years to build.
There are many other buildings at Temple Square, as well as monuments and gardens.
The temple and the Tabernacle, a meetinghouse for the members and the first home of General Conference.
The temple and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
The words “Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord” can be found on every temple to remind us of the purpose of the temple. It is a sacred and beautiful place where we can worship Heavenly Father, make covenants, and feel His power in our own lives.
If you want to learn more about the Salt Lake temple, you can learn more at LDSchurchtemples.com
You can learn more about the purpose of the temple at LDS.org