One man. Six weeks of work. 40,000 lights. Those were the Salt Lake City Temple Square lights in 1965.
Fast forward to 2012 and you find hundreds of workers and four months to put up over a million lights.
But while the Christmas lights at Temple Square have certainly grown over the years, the purpose hasn’t changed. As Elder Richard L. Evans said at the first lighting ceremony, “We thought that Temple Square should be a place where men could come and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.”
And that’s still true today.
Photo by Joey Ferguson, December 2011.