Exploring: Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

I have been talking for awhile, I would like to take photos of Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, and Castles all over the world. However, right now, budget says, stay local. So that’s what hubby and I did this past weekend. I booked a hotel and since I have used Expedia a lot, I got a nice discount and was less than a mile from Temple Square, where I wanted to explore and take pictures. Great walking distance, or so I thought. We loaded up the car early Sunday morning and hit the road! Count down to SLC, 4.5 hours plus any pit stops or food stops! We weren’t in a hurry, but we wanted to get there.
Hubby is a big fan of In-N-Out Burger and hasn’t had it in awhile, so first stop Provo In-N-Out Burger. We got there right in time, we had no wait line and our food came pretty fast. By the time we were done eating, there was a line out the door!


For those of you who don’t know about this hamburger place, they have ONLY three burgers on their menus; double double, hamburger and cheese burger. Each hamburger patty is made from fresh, never frozen 100% USDA ground chuck. They have no fillers, additives or even preservatives. One size of fries and of course they are fresh, hand cut (in store) and cooked in 100% Sunflower Oil.  Milkshakes in just chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are made with real ice cream. Coke products and a Not – So – Secret – Menu

Back in the car, AC blowing full blast, cause it’s HOT out there!

We find our hotel, great people work there, nice room, up high (facing the wrong way, but it’s all good)! So friendly and willing to help! Throw some sunscreen on and out we go. Hubby wants to walk it, I don’t. We find a train that will take you to Temple Square for FREE!!! Hot dang! Jump on that, ride two blocks (yes, just two blocks!), jump off and head for an open gate.

I have a confession here, I know very little about the Mormon faith. I was kind of nervous to go, as I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was an experience I will never forget. I truly had a spiritual experience.

We started out with Assembly Hall, just the outside at this point.

Assembly Hall
Built from August 1877 to 1882 at the cost of $90,000.

Then headed over to the Tabernacle. We missed the organ practice by two hours. Guess we shouldn’t have stopped at In-N-Out. This is the home of the infamous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Built from 1864 to 1867 to house meetings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and the location of the church’s  general conferences for 132 years.

Next was the North Visitors Center.

Lots of Biblical information and paintings, a really cool light up information diorama of Jerusalem, statues and a magnificent statue of Jesus with the Universe featured in the dome of the building.


There were beautiful flowers and trees everywhere! Hubby became the area photographer for family pictures. There were water features, statues, and a lot of different buildings. We covered the Assembly Hall, the Tabernacle, the North Visitors Center, now we circle back to the Assembly Hall for it’s interior! Another HUGE Pipe Organ!!! Another beautiful building.

Unfortunately, The Salt Lake Temple it is considered sacred by the church and its members and a temple recommend is required to enter, so there are no public tours inside the temple as there are for other adjacent buildings on Temple Square. However, the Temple is 253,015 square feet and is the largest LDS temple by floor area. Requiring 40 years to complete, the Temple is the 6th temple completed by the church and the 4th Temple built after the Mormon exited Nauvoo, Illinois in 1846.

We decided to forgo the train ride back and walk. It was a hot walk back, but a very quiet one. We passed the home of the Utah Jazz – Vivint Smart Home Arena, the former Union Pacific building and the Devereaux House: also known as the Staines-Jennings Mansion, was built in 1857 for William Staines. The Mansion was expanded by William Jennings, mayor of Salt Lake City from 1882 to 1885.  Devereaux was a social center for the Salt Lake City area, hosting distinguished visitors.


I hope you enjoyed these little tidbits of history and photos! Join us next time for Exploring: Cathedral of Madeline, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Joseph Smith (1805–1844) was an American religious leader and the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, which gave rise to Mormonism.