Salt Lake Temple

Since the beginning of 2024, several areas on Temple Square have reopened to the public.
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The placement of the statue after a four-year absence is a notable milestone toward the completion of the Salt Lake Temple renovation project.
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February 14, 2024 11:42 AM MST
An estimated 800 construction team members gathered for the building tradition of a “topping out” ceremony.
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Finish work on the Salt Lake Temple north addition is expected to begin in 2024.
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April 20, 2023 07:25 AM MDT
The directors of the staggering seismic upgrade and renovation of the iconic Salt Lake Temple fully expected the unexpected when they started to excavate the pioneer landmark’s foundation.
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April 14, 2023 12:00 PM MDT
The 12-hour pour includes more than 150 ready-mix concrete trucks providing the new footings for the historic temple’s west tower.
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April 05, 2023 07:33 AM MDT
Why does the sixth of April hold such importance in the Church?
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“When working with historic structures such as this pioneer-era temple, unexpected challenges are inevitable.”
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Since the temple closed in December 2019, the whole of Temple Square looks vastly different.
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August 31, 2022 10:00 AM MDT
The month of August saw alone saw two groundbreakings, a rededication, a new open house, and the announcement of a temple expansion project.
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March 29, 2022 08:00 AM MDT
She’s played for Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, and is a mother of seven—meet Meredith Campbell, concertmaster for the Orchestra at Temple Square.
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March 18, 2022 09:14 AM MDT
Perhaps no group on earth sees the imperfections of the human race more than a cleaning crew. But here’s what I’ve learned about the Lord’s work as a member of the Church’s special projects custodial crew.
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February 16, 2022 01:01 PM MST
President Nelson has been very engaged in the renovation of the Salt Lake Temple. So much so, he took a trip up to inspect the roof.
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January 20, 2022 03:00 PM MST
Here are some insights from Church History Library Director Keith Erekson on a few common Church history myths and how to avoid deception.
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December 13, 2021 03:15 PM MST
Yesterday the First Presidency released a statement on the new estimated completion date for the Temple renovation project.
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November 19, 2021 04:21 PM MST
As part of the Church’s four-year Salt Lake Temple renovation project, the North Visitors’ Center has now been demolished.
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October 04, 2021 11:56 AM MDT
In his general conference message, President Nelson drew parallels between seismic improvements and our need for strong spiritual foundations.
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By  LDS Living
March 30, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
As temples around the world continue to reopen in a cautious, careful way, we are anxiously awaiting the day when we can return to the Lord's holy house. In preparation, we've rounded up our favorite items to accompany you on your next temple trip as well as a few resources to better understand sacred temple covenants.
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January 12, 2021 04:47 PM MST
The Salt Lake Temple renovation has been underway for just over a year, but the temple isn’t the only thing getting an upgrade.
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November 05, 2020 11:19 AM MST
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles, “Scenes from Saints,” a series highlighting interesting facts from Saints volume 2. Articles will be posted weekly during November and December 2020. You can purchase both volumes of Saints through Deseret Bookor read and listen to the volumes on the Gospel Library app under the “Restoration and Church History” section.
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November 03, 2020 08:17 PM MST
Latter-day Saint eyes have been on Temple Square during the Salt Lake Temple renovation, but an article from Church History takes readers back to the 1800s with historical architectural drawings and photographs.
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October 23, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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October 21, 2020 06:50 PM MDT
In a recent nine-minute video devotional, Sister Michelle D. Craig, First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, shared five lessons learned from the Salt Lake Temple renovation. The video begins with Sister Craig standing in front of the renovation site, but soon you realize you are watching rare footage of the temple renovation. Still, perhaps the most powerful parts of the video are the lessons shared by Sister Craig as she has watched the renovation process on Temple Square nearly every day since it began in January.
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People passing through Main Street Plaza on Temple Square can now look through the construction project fence windows and see some 170 years into the past.
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September 23, 2020 05:11 PM MDT
Temporary front doors, exposed foundations, and removed stonework may change the appearance of the Salt Lake Temple, but the lessons we can learn from it are as powerful as ever.
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July 31, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: "This week from the pulpit" highlights recent messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.
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July 29, 2020 01:23 PM MDT
The laying of the Salt Lake Temple capstone was a seminal event in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One newspaper account describes “the crush, the enthusiasm, and the widespread interest” occurring on Temple Square on April 6, 1892.
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July 09, 2020 08:13 PM MDT
Just over six months ago, the doors of the Salt Lake Temple closed to patrons as the first steps of the temple's renovation began. Now, scaffolding surrounds the temple spires, and the project is just starting.
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June 16, 2020 05:35 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint Mark Henshaw never anticipated writing a religious book. For 15 years, the security analyst, military historian, and author had been writing well-reviewed espionage thriller novels that follow CIA agents in their chase to secure American safety. He had never imagined that writing stories of spies and secret missions was actually training for a special, spiritual project down the road.
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March 18, 2020 12:53 PM MDT
Residents of the greater Salt Lake area were jolted awake this morning by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. Deseret News reported that there were multiple aftershocks following the earthquake felt across the valley.
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January 07, 2020 02:31 PM MST
Construction crews now dot Temple Square as the Salt Lake Temple begins the process of renovation, starting with decommissioning.
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January 02, 2020 09:18 PM MST
Renovation season at Temple Square has officially begun as the Salt Lake Temple closed Saturday, December 29.
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December 26, 2019 10:59 PM MST
As announced earlier this year, beginning on December 29, 2019, the Salt Lake Temple will be closed for renovations for the next four years. Portions of Temple Square will also be undergoing significant changes. As the heart of Salt Lake City, Temple Square has been transformed many times since it's mid-1800's creation, with the adding and removing of numerous buildings, structures, and features. Below are photographs documenting Temple Square's history, showing both the area's past, present, and future.
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December 04, 2019 08:37 PM MST
Visitors strolling Temple Square this Christmas may be feeling nostalgic as they take in the lights, the floating candles on the reflection pool, and the nativites, wondering if the historic city block will ever feel the same after the new year.
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December 04, 2019 03:13 PM MST
For ongoing updates on Temple Square construction, visit templesquare.org.
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November 21, 2019 01:38 PM MST
Earlier this year, President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Salt Lake Temple will close on December 29 and will remain closed for four years.
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June 08, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
Utah State University senior Kaulin Curtis was sitting in class early Tuesday morning when he got a text from his girlfriend telling him to check his email. Little did Kaulin know that he was in for perhaps the happiest surprise of his life.
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May 25, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Jolynn Forman is a Latter-day Saint artist who researches the themes of different temples and incorporates those themes into her paintings. All artwork in this article is by Sister Forman.
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April 20, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
The Salt Lake Temple is an iconic building for members of the Church. Here are some fun facts you might not know about it.
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April 09, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
In the Anbar province, Iraq, near the end of March 2019, four Utah National Guard soldiers saw a surreal yet familiar sight: the Salt Lake Temple drove into view on the Al-Taqaddum Air Base. The men were 45 miles from Baghdad and 20 miles from Fallujah, Iraq's city of 200 mosques. In the heart of Iraq near one of Islam's ultra-conservative strongholds, the green trees and glinting angel Moroni of Temple Square was one of the last things any of these men expected to see.
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December 04, 2018 02:00 PM MST
Gingerbread houses are a favorite Christmas tradition, but some talented confectioners have taken them to a whole new level!
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September 25, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
From its first design to its dedication 40 years later, the Salt Lake Temple has experienced its fair share of adjustment. Though we don't know all the reasons why these changes were made, it's fun to look back on some of the features planned for this beloved and iconic temple in its early stages.
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August 15, 2018 12:16 PM MDT
In addition to the lyric “Tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast” written in script, a phone case depicting iconic Disney characters in front of the Church's most iconic temple contains lines from D&C 123:17.
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August 07, 2018 09:05 AM MDT
The Salt Lake Assembly Hall has been around for almost 140 years, and its architecture, acoustics, and historical significance have inspired the interest of both members and nonmembers alike.
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By  LDS Living
June 09, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
Everything feels cleaner and fresher after rain. The same is true for temple grounds. The water on the pavement reflects the image of the temple and the sky reveals the quietness after the storm. Each temple radiates a sense of peace which is magnified after storms. Photographer Robert A. Boyd created the Covenant Path Temple Series to capture these moments that can help us appreciate the beauty of the temples in a different way.
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By  LDS Living
August 07, 2017 03:54 PM MDT
Thanks to LDS Daily for making us aware of this story.
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August 01, 2017 06:34 PM MDT
A "charging mountain lion" was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after being spotted roughly a mile from the Salt Lake Temple.
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July 26, 2017 04:19 PM MDT
Author's note: The pictures shown in this post are not intended to be disrespectful or make light of sacred things. They were commissioned by Church leadership in the early 1900s and are illustrative of the physical changes the temple has gone through since that time.
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April 28, 2017 07:15 PM MDT
Eight new temple presidents and eight new temple matrons have been called to serve in temples around the world, including the Salt Lake Temple.
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March 24, 2017 09:02 AM MDT
The symbols in the temple are left to our own interpretation, with help from the Spirit. But occasionally there are special symbols incorporated into the exterior design of each edifice that have traditional, historical meaning— symbols that, once understood, can enhance our spiritual experience during our temple visits. Here are just a few on the Salt Lake Temple. All images unless otherwise indicated courtesy of Val Brinkerhoff.
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January 24, 2017 10:00 PM MST
Latter-day Saint legends. We’ve all heard at least one of them in our life time—an incredible story that sounds almost too inspiring to be true because, well, it isn’t. One that I’ve heard multiple times over the years has to do with the iconic Salt Lake Temple. It goes something like this:
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