LDS Temple Square & Salt Lake City

Temple Square Salt Lake City is a must visit while in Salt Lake City.  The temple opens its doors to the world and you can freely walk around it without paying a fee.

Temple Square is a massive complex in the middle of Salt Lake City.  The square is owned by the LDS Church — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Within the temple grounds, it contains the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Seagull Monument, Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, and two visitors’ centers.  The doors are opened for anyone who wants to walk the grounds of the square.

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Temple Square

I was lucky enough to visit Temple Square after a blizzard.  The whole place was covered in snow; the snow gave the square a winter wonderland appeal to it.  It was beautiful to see the glorious pieces of architecture and landscape covered in snow.  The imposing Salt Lake Temple towering over the landscape with the changing clouds made it a marvelous sight.

With all open religious sites, the site is an opportunity to learn about the religion and put an end to all preconceived ignorance.  There were missionary Mormons walking around helping visitors and inviting people inside to learn more about the religion.  I was greeted by two lovely young lady asking me if I wanted to visit the Tabernacle.  However, I turned down their invitation due to time constraints.

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I’ve visited multiple different religious sites in the United States and the world.  They all have a common theme of inviting visitors to break down barriers and ignorance.  People are welcome with open arms and accepted no matter what their religious beliefs.  I have friends who are very religious and some who are strong atheists.  In addition, they would never visit any conflicting religious sites.

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The Assembly Hall

It’s unfortunate to hold that viewpoint cause it stops people from learning and experiencing something new.  I don’t mean to get religious about this post, but I want to point something out.  The funny part about Christians, Muslims, and Jews is they all believe in the same God.  However, they differ from who they believe is the prophet or messenger of God.

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The temple grounds

It’s like arguing about what cut of beef is better than the other.  The source of the meat is from the same cow but taste determines what cut a person likes better than the other.  It’s a simple analogy to an age old debate and I feel people should respect each other’s belief without passing judgement.

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