Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Yesterday, a few of us headed into Salt Lake City to visit Temple Square.
I have read a few fictional books about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and so I was very curious to see the Temple and also visit the Beehive House.
The latest book I read was The Nineteenth Wife. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family’s polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.
Soon after Ann Eliza’s story begins, a second exquisite narrative unfolds–a tale of murder involving a polygamist family in present-day Utah. Jordan Scott, a young man who was thrown out of his fundamentalist sect years earlier, must reenter the world that cast him aside in order to discover the truth behind his father’s death.
And as Ann Eliza’s narrative intertwines with that of Jordan’s search, readers are pulled deeper into the mysteries of love and faith.
*taken from Amazon.
We walked the grounds and it was beautiful. The trees were all in bloom and flowers were planted last week.
You are not allowed to enter the Temple, unless you are a baptized member of the LDS church. But the above photo shows what the inside of the Temple looks like.
The Temple is architecturally stunning.
We also took in a short pipe organ concert and visited The Lion House.
There were a lot of LDS members walking around the grounds and buildings that were very friendly and kind and willing to tour us and answer any questions that we had regarding the history of Mormonism. I am not going to get into the differences of Mormonism and Christianity here, that would be a huge debate of itself! But I will say that I do admire the fact, that they teach their children throughout their lives INDEPTH knowledge of both the Bible and the book of Mormon, they send their children out as missionary's by the thousands and thousands... if we as Evangelical Christians did this with our children... how many millions of people could we reach with the Truth?