Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Temple Square

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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.

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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.

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We walked the grounds and it was beautiful. The trees were all in bloom and flowers were planted last week.

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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.

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The Temple is architecturally stunning.

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We also took in a short pipe organ concert and visited The Lion House.

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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?

8 comments:

Monica said...

Wow, the temple is stunning! I've known about it for years of course but I don't recall ever actually seeing a picture of it. The grounds with the trees in bloom are equally stunning. I always fnd that time of year kind of magical.

Marie said...

What a spectacular temple.

I agree...if we sent that many people out as missionaries the world would certainly change for the better.

Marie said...

Ok, so my first comment sounds like a rather conceited comment...not what I intended at all...I simply meant that if we all lived as Jesus did or as the bible teaches, everyone would be loved and taken care of...it is not us as individuals that can change the world...it is only God himself that can change people...hope that makes sense.

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Denise said...

The temple and grounds are amazing - as are the people! I have heard that in the State of Utah, adoption is very, very common because of what they believe - and it certainly did seem that almost every person we dealt with during Amara's adoption either had adopted at least once (such as the nurses and doctors), or were involved with adoption somehow. They are a great example in that arena. I like the link you added - I find their religion quite fascinating...

Danae said...

We live in a neighborhood that has a high Mormon population and agree that they are some of the nicest people one could meet. I also agree with you 100% about how we as a church could reach so many people if we had their heart for missions.

Dixie-Lee said...

your pictures are stunning :) Love the picture of the pipe organ.

the meaklims said...

Incredible scenery! and I am envious that you are somewhere warm enough that the cherry blossom is in bloom.

I bet that organ presentation was amazing.

Have fun!
Jill