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3 Things You May Not Know About The Salt Lake Temple

By comeuntochrist.org
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah - A famous Mormon landmark

Throughout history, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples. Temples are literally houses of the Lord. They are holy places of worship where individuals make sacred promises with God. Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the famous temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The temple foundation was built twice

In February, 1853, the site for the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated for construction and the foundation was begun. In 1857, news that a potentially hostile United States army was approaching Utah was received. The prophet, Brigham Young, had the foundation covered with dirt to protect the project.

Once the foundation was uncovered, it was discovered parts of the foundation were unstable and had to be re-built. The construction on the temple was slow and the walls of the temple did not reach ground level until the end of 1867, almost 14 years later.

The Salt Lake Temple contains many symbols

High on the west center tower of the Salt Lake Temple is a depiction of the Big Dipper. For centuries people have used the Big Dipper to find their way as it pointed them toward the North Star—the one constant point in the sky. It is an appropriate symbol for the temple where the priesthood ordinances and covenants of the temple point patrons toward the one true and unchanging source of guidance— God, the Father and His son, Jesus Christ.

Read more about symbolism and temples here.

The temple took 40 years to build

The temple was dedicated on April 5, 1893, following a forty-year period of construction. Of those who had helped lay the cornerstone in 1853, only a few were still living.

Once temples are dedicated, entrance is limited only to worthy members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read more about this here or chat with a Church member about the purpose of temples.

While temple attendance is limited, all are welcome (member or not) at our chapels. Find a chapel to attend near you here

Read more about the history of the famous landmark and Salt Lake Temple here.  

See the first public photos published of the Salt Lake Temple here