Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake Temple
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The original granite temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Paula C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Salt Lake Temple is a very special and beautiful place. The building is magnificent, and its history is fascinating. It was built by pioneers who had been driven out of the United States and established their home in the desert valley of the Rocky Mountains. The massive stones for the building were cut from a granite quarry in the canyons and hauled by ox cart. What an amazing feat. The grounds are always beautiful, and the Christmas lights are spectacular! However, I think the best feature of this place is the sweet peaceful feeling that rests on you when you enter. The temple and the grounds are expected to be closed for four year for refurbishment.
Written 7 January 2020
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Erik
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Major renovation currently, but there is still a lot of historical and architectural stuff to see within walking distance, including a few other historical buildings. You can still see the temple quite well, at the time of my visit (Dec ‘21) the original foundation is totally visible and probably still is? They had viewing windows on the east side and it was fascinating to see. You can also get a great overall view of the temple from the top floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial building next door.

In response to some negative reviews I’ve seen here that are somewhat unrelated to travel, I’ll say that for every person with angsty opinions about this church, there are plenty more who will tell you how beneficial and joyful it is in their lives.

To put it simply, the whole point of the church is establishing and maintaining a relationship with Christ, learning and striving to live after the loving and peaceful example he set (which of course is a life long, imperfect process for all of us humans).

Inside the temple, people simply learn teachings that will help them be Christ-like in their lives and with their spouse, and make special prayerful promises with God that they will do their best to live up to those things. That’s it. Nothing funky, nothing cult, occult, extra terrestrial, etc.

Why the limitations on who can go inside? It’s the same reason why you would limit the people who attend your special, soul searching, heartfelt prayer in the forest, the birth of your child, a special heartfelt moment with your spouse, etc. You don’t dislike people, you’re not trying to exclude anyone, there’s no elitism, and definitely nothing secret or taboo. It’s simply special and sacred, like the above mentioned examples.
Written 22 February 2022
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DerekLarsen
Salt Lake City, UT15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I didn't want to give the mormon church 10% of my annual income, so I couldn't visit the temple. Anyone can walk around the beautiful well groomed grounds. Also visitors can attend the informational displays around the temple, but can't go inside unless agreement to pay 10% of annual income. Seems like a high price to pay.
Written 10 March 2020
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Gary S
New York, United States76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When in Salt Lake City, you must make a stop at the Temple. It is a magnificent and incredible work of architecture.
The Salt Lake Temple is a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. At 253,015 square feet, it is the largest LDS temple by floor area.
It took 40 years to build and opened in 1893.
While there take the tour and see the Celestial Room, it is magnificent.
Written 26 February 2020
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Karen Y
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I didn't think people of other faiths could visit this place, but I was wrong. There is a big square with lots of tour guides. The landscape and architecture are amazing and make for great photos. There are also a lot of building with a lot of information and also interactive things you can do.
Written 7 April 2020
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Isabel Janes
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The temple is undergoing extensive renovations and is completely covered in scaffolding. Apparently, the renovation isn't planned to be completed until 2025. The temple is NOT - even when not under construction - accessible to the general public. The tabernacle is next door and is open to the public. They still have regular organ concerts there. Also, there is nearby a visitors center where they have on the second floor a cut away "dollhouse" display of the interior of the temple - which shows how the interior looked..
Written 23 September 2022
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Larry C
USA440 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Major renovations currently underway. The entire facility is shut down with exception to the tabernacle and the building next to it. The church and the rest of the grounds are closed. Being arguably the #1 tourist attraction in the state, one would think that someone with the IQ of a tomato would know to work on sections of the buildings at a time so that tourists that travel 1000's of miles to see the facilities will not be disappointed and can view the church and buildings. Plus their website states the open at 9am. NOT TRUE! The Tabernacle and anything else that may not be currently under construction, open at 11am. I told them this and they said they were working on it. The same person in charge of shutting the whole facility down for construction must also be in charge of the website. Ridiculous!
Written 16 July 2021
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Taylor A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Life is so crazy, and this place has often been where I have come to get away from it all and catch my breath. While I’m here I find that my mind is clearer, I’m more confident about the future, and I feel closer to God and my family. There’s a feeling here that you won’t quite find anywhere else. 10/10 would recommend.
Written 11 April 2020
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Gilles Tremble
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Walking up to its majestic spires and intricate details, I felt a sense of awe and reverence. The surrounding gardens and reflecting pool add to the serenity of the place, making it a perfect spot for quiet contemplation. What struck me most was the atmosphere inside; it's calm and peaceful, a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you're religious or not, the temple's architecture and the sense of tranquility inside make it a must-visit. It's not just a religious site; it's a testament to human craftsmanship and the beauty of spiritual sanctuaries. A visit to the Salt Lake Utah Temple is an experience that lingers, leaving you with a sense of wonder and peace.
Written 9 November 2023
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Bacinac
Santa Clara, CA737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
The Temple is beautiful and Temple Square is full of activities-perfect way to spend an afternoon.

The Temple was not accessible on the evening I visited but All the other facilities were bustling with cheerful folks enjoying the Christmas spirit.

Would love to come again.
Written 1 January 2020
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