|The Great Salt Lake|
A recent trip to the Salt Lake City area put me in downtown Salt Lake for a day. No trip to Salt Lake City is complete without seeing the great Salt Lake itself and Temple Square, a 10 acre complex belonging to the Mormon Church. Both are well worth the time and just a short drive apart. It took us less than 30 minutes. (We being myself and my daughter and her husband who just recently moved to the area.) How could I resist a visit?
We experienced a variety of weather conditions that day, coming from Park City at an elevation of 7,000 ft. where it had snowed, to rain in downtown Salt Lake City (elevation 4330), to warm air and sunny skies at the lake’s 4200 ft. elevation.
|Present day Saltair|
Salt Lake City
|Utah state capitol and memorial dedicated to the pioneers who settled there|
Several mansions dot the area between the courthouse and Temple square and are open for tours. Although we attempted to visit, by October the tourist season is over and alas, the two we stopped at were both closed that day. Oh well, something to save for a future visit.
|Cathedral of the Madeleine|
|Choir loft - Cathedral of the Madeleine|
|Baptismal font and immersion font - Cathedral of the Madeleine|
|Altar - Cathedral of the Madeleine|
Temple SquareDowntown Salt Lake is dominated by Temple Square, housing the Temple of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, the Tabernacle, museums, visitor center and assorted other buildings. To enter the Temple, one must be ‘temple worthy’- it is not open to visitors. Built over a period of 40 years, it’s walls are nine feet thick! It is used for weddings and other official Mormon ceremonies.
|This cut away model in the South Visitor Center shows the various rooms in the Temple, seen just behind the model, across the square|
|Inside the Tabernacle: The choir, the orchestra and a small segment of the audience|
We were lucky enough to be able to return to the Tabernacle on Sunday morning for a performance by the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A live radio and television broadcast ‘Music and the Spoken Word’ has been presented weekly for about 80 years. Amazingly, there was not a sound from the audience during the entire 30 minute performance. We were asked not to sneeze, cough, talk or applaud during that time. It was hardest not applauding the inspiring, uplifting perfectionism of each hymn. The entire audience was spellbound. Have a listen. https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/videos/october-25-2015-music-and-the-spoken-word.html
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