Hey y’all! I’m still catching up on things that I did in the past few weeks, if you missed my other 2 posts ( ) make sure to go and check them out 🙂
The next thing I did this month was visit Temple Square with Lauren! We left school early to go and see an organ recital for our orchestra concert report. They have recitals almost every day at the Tabernacle and they’re totally free. Plus now that some flowers are actually blooming it’s even more beautiful than usual.
Not only was the recital amazing (I’ll input a video of one part below), the tabernacle itself is so cool. It was built in 1864 right next to the temple in a specific dome-shape which makes it extremely sensitive to sound, the organist did a demonstration and you can literally hear a pin drop from anywhere in the room. It’s also where the famous (like actually, internationally award winning) Mormon Tabernacle Choir (which we lovingly refer to as the Mo Tab) started. It also has one of the world’s best organs with 11, 623 pipes.
After the tabernacle we headed into the Assembly Hall, a Victorian Gothic style building where the church used to have meeting back in the olden days, and the detail was beautiful. It also has an organ too. The benches are super close together because people were clearly much shorter back then.
Next was the best part, the temple itself. We didn’t go in because we weren’t dressed or ready for that (plus the SLC temple is so booked- I’ve never even been inside it). We took some pictures by the doors which I love- the temple took 40 years to build and was done completely by hand, it’s the most gorgeous building I’ve ever seen. Plus there’s always cute couples taking wedding pictures and gah my heart! Especially since its the temple that my parents got married in 🙂
Right next to the temple is the Reflection Pool where I actually saw a bride fall in while taking a picture once which was crazy, but it’s super pretty.
The last place that we went is the Conference Center that is just across the street! It is the largest theater-style auditorium in the world (and thought to be the biggest ever built) and it seats 21,000 people. This is where General Conference is held twice each year and is broadcasted to the rest of the world, the next one is actually next week and I’m really excited! I love hearing from the Prophet and apostles.
The rest of the conference center is basically filled with paintings, one hallway is from bible and Book of Mormon stories and the other one is a portrait of literally every prophet and apostle in the history of the church.
And then my personal favorite part, is the roof! When we got up there and were getting out of the elevator and there was this group of boys our age all dressed up super nice, right? And our tour guide guy goes, “Look ladies, there’s a bunch of guys all for you” So naturally, Lauren and I are like, “Ayy this is great, hi” all of the guys like smiled at us and then this one kid starts clapping. Just clapping as we walk by and I was laughing so hard. His friend asked him why he was and all he said was, why not xD Anyways, the roof is the best part for multiple reasons.
- Amazing side view of the temple
- Lots of Aspen trees
- There’s a giant fountain that has paths across the whole thing
- Each corner of the roof is planted/designed to match that part of Utah! So the South has drier plants, the northeast has more pine trees, etc. It’s so cool.
- There’s a mural that is literally etched into this granite with a quote from the Doctrine and Covenants that says, “And this gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” with a picture of real people who came to Utah from tons of different countries and cultures. I hope you liked this mini tour of temple square, I’ll have to go to take more pictures once even more flowers have bloomed!
Let me know down below if it seems like something you’d like to visit! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author