Temple Square

November 23, 2021 09:06 AM MST
The Christus is now in storage and away from public view. Find out the plans for the statue, where you can see the Church’s other replicas, and more interesting facts.
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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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November 12, 2021 07:30 AM MST
Here are some easy ways to connect to the spirit of the season and participate in the top-caliber performances that come from Temple Square during the holidays.
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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 30, 2020 09:14 PM MST
For over 50 years, lights have decorated Temple Square at Christmastime, and even though the lights will be enjoyed virtually or from the exterior of Temple Square in 2020, they still bring brightness to Temple Square.
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The seasonal lights are ready and musical performances are being recorded for the 2020 Christmas season on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The virtual celebration of the Savior’s birth will be different than what visitors to Temple Square have experienced in the past, but organizers say it will once again be a beautiful and inspirational experience.
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Christmas celebrations on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, usually include hundreds of musical performances throughout the month of December. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Temple Square Performances will hold its Christmas concerts virtually this year, and all are invited to participate.
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March 13, 2020 09:15 PM MDT
Updated: March 14, 2020, at 11:51 a.m. MDT
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February 24, 2020 06:18 PM MST
George Frideric Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah was first performed in 1742 and has been performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square every two years in the Tabernacle. The concert is also streamed live over the internet to audiences around the globe.
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February 17, 2020 09:56 AM MST
Latter-day Saints aren't the only ones who have spoken from the podium of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Many US Presidents have as well. In honor of President's Day, we are resharing this 2017 article with a few interesting details behind each of their visits to this historic Temple Square building.
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February 11, 2020 06:50 PM MST
The Salt Lake Temple may be closed for renovation, but children now have a new way to explore temples when visiting downtown Salt Lake City.
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December 23, 2019 10:59 PM MST
With the Salt Lake Temple closing for four years, Temple Square will be undergoing some changes. Here's a look back at famous people of various faiths and backgrounds who have visited this historic spot which receives 5 million visitors every year.
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December 22, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This story originally ran on LDS Living in December 2017.
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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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By  Emily Abel
July 13, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
Do your summer plans include a trip to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City? See how much you know about this historic Church site with this fun and informative quiz.
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April 22, 2019 12:43 PM MDT
As part of Friday's Salt Lake Temple renovation announcement, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the church will make every reasonable effort to honor and maintain the temple's historic beauty.
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By  LDS Living
April 22, 2019 12:27 PM MDT
After President Russell M. Nelson announced that the Salt Lake Templewill close for four years as it undergoes extensive renovation, the Church released a video providing a virtual walk-through of the new temple grounds.
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April 20, 2019 01:00 PM MDT
The Salt Lake Temple is an iconic building for members of the Church. The history behind the temple and the sacrifices early Saints made to complete it are inspiring and touching.
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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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"May I suggest that you bow your head with gratitude of heart," President Nelson said to members of the Church before announcing eight new temples, reminding us of the sacred nature of temples and asking that exclamations of excitement over new temples be kept reverent.
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December 04, 2018 05:00 PM MST
It’s the most wonderful time of year and the holiday season is in full swing in downtown Salt Lake City—specifically Temple Square.
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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! Check out some of our favorite gingerbread temple creations from over the years.
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November 02, 2018 04:23 PM MDT
It's an exciting time of the year when the air becomes tinged with cold and that tangy-sweet smell of apples and leaves. Fall is a time when opposites come together to create a beautiful harmony. It's a time of dimming days and bright holidays. It's a time of crisp nights and heartwarming memories. It's a time when the world falls into slumber with one last burst of vivid color.
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September 20, 2018 02:30 PM MDT
One evening, legendary sculptor Avard Fairbanks got a call from the engineers at Dodge automobile company. As he recalled, "they explained that they had 10,000 cars that needed hood ornaments and they wanted something as attractive as the ornament on a Rolls Royce, but for the cheapest car! I took along my clay and an animal book by my friend . . . and spent the next several days at their headquarters."
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August 07, 2018 09:05 AM MDT
Originally finished in 1882 and renovated in the early 1980s, the Salt Lake Assembly Hall has been around for almost 140 years. It has hosted thousands of concerts, lectures, and Church meetings, and its architecture, acoustics, and historical significance have inspired the interest of both members and nonmembers alike. Here are seven fascinating facts you might not know about this historical building.
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July 29, 2018 10:43 PM MDT
This is a treasure to us in part because of nearly 150 years of meaning and memory and sacrifice,” said Elder Holland, who offered Saturday’s dedicatory prayer of the St. George Tabernacle.
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July 25, 2018 03:30 PM MDT
“If you lived here in the 19th century and early 20th century, you would come to church here. You would come to school here. You would have your city hall meetings here,” Emily Utt, a curator for the Church’s history department said about the historic LDS tabernacle in St. George, Utah.
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By  LDS Living
April 26, 2018 03:02 PM MDT
Thanks to the Deseret News for making us aware of this story.
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By  LDS Living
December 06, 2017 05:00 PM MST
AWho doesn't love the magical glow of Christmas lights that brighten long winter nights? And Temple Square features a spectacular display of these festive lights, with the beautifully lit temple at its very center. The Church recently shared a video on Mormon Newsroom that shows this year's incredible display from the air. Check it out!
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November 17, 2017 05:14 PM MST
This guy takes Legos to a whole new level of awesome.
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October 02, 2017 08:00 AM MDT
We wanted to reshare this article in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first time the Salt Lake Tabernacle was used for general conference!
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September 22, 2017 03:20 PM MDT
The following October concerts will take place in the Assembly Hall and Tabernacle on Temple Square. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., are open to ages eight and older, unless otherwise specified, and are free. Tickets are not needed unless otherwise noted.
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By  LDS Living
August 11, 2017 06:57 PM MDT
Walking around Temple Square in August, you might be surprised to see crews hard at work setting up Christmas lights.
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July 20, 2017 02:59 PM MDT
What an exciting discovery!
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By  LDS Living
May 19, 2017 06:18 PM MDT
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Mormon Tabernacle Organ and the new exhibit at the Church History Museum honoring the organ's history, we've put together nine fun facts you may not know about this historical treasure.
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By  LDS Living
April 24, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
With the Utah Jazz competing in the NBA Playoffs this week, we thought it might be fun to share what Jazz basketball legend John Stockton had to say about Mormons.
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By  LDS Living
March 27, 2017 03:33 PM MDT
Just in time for general conference, the Church has released two new videos about the translation of the Book of Mormon from the perspective of two eye witnesses.
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By  LDS Living
March 21, 2017 03:04 PM MDT
Elder Michael H. Bourne, an Area Seventy, welcomed thousands of people on behalf of the LDS Church as they attended the Interfaith Musical Event on Temple Square last Friday. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable organized the program, which included more than 12 religious groups performing at the event and prayers offered by Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh participants, according to Mormon Newsroom.
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By  LDS Living
December 12, 2016 07:48 PM MST
If you haven't had an opportunity to visit Temple Square during Christmas, you can still view the stunning light displays, colorful trees, and beautiful nativities surrounding the Salt Lake Temple in this incredible video shared on Facebook.
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November 28, 2016 12:57 PM MST
Over the weekend, more than 1 million Christmas lights brightened Temple Square. Watch this short 30-second time-lapse from Mormon Newsroom of these beautiful holiday lights.
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By  LDS Living
November 17, 2016 06:13 PM MST
Although the lights at Temple Square are reason enough to visit every Christmas season, Temple Square released a list of concerts and performances to help you get in the Christmas spirit.
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November 10, 2016 04:46 PM MST
Utah has hosted a variety of presidents from President Ulysses S. Grant to President John F. Kennedy. But there is one president in particular who made a lasting impression on the people of Utah for sharing his faith values while serving our country.
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September 07, 2016 03:57 PM MDT
After basketball player from SUU was baptized in 2014, he knew his marriage would have an eternal impact, but he didn't expect it to convert his entire family.
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September 02, 2016 03:45 PM MDT
It's the most wonderful time of the year, the happ-happiest season of all—and now we are already starting to get a glimpse of it.
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August 13, 2016 12:00 PM MDT
There's a feature on Google Maps that you may not have noticed before and it's a really fun way to explore LDS temples.
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July 14, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is home to The Roof Restaurant, FamilySearch Center, and beloved Legacy Theater, but before its days as a memorial building, it used to be a world-class hotel. Live music, fine dining, lavish ballrooms—maybe even a sighting of Elton John, Katharine Hepburn, or John F. Kennedy—were all part of the Hotel Utah, where there were no limits on splendor.
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By  LDS Living
June 06, 2016 04:00 PM MDT
He floated like a butterfly; he stung like a bee. Muhammad Ali, proclaimed by himself—and practically everyone else—as "The Greatest," was never one to brag. After all, he said, "It's not bragging if you can back it up."
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January 23, 2016 08:59 PM MST
For interesting facts about the tabernacle, including how the first model was created out of a boiled egg and a toothpick, click here.
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November 20, 2015 06:42 PM MST
One month after the outbreak of World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Americans of all faiths to join in prayer, seeking the blessing of peace for Europe and the world. In Salt Lake City, perhaps as many as 10,000 Latter-day Saints gathered in the Tabernacle on Temple Square during General Conference and joined in prayer.
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November 14, 2015 07:05 PM MST
In the wake of the six simultaneous terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead and 352 injured in Paris, France on Friday the 13th, the First Presidency made an official announcementsaying it would fly the flags over Temple Square at half staff. In addition, they determined "that the French flag be flown here as an expression of our love and support for them."
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November 02, 2015 02:46 PM MST
MR says: Peter Lassig, the mastermind who designed Temple Square's gardens and landscaped other temples, revolutionizing gardening in the process, died last weekend.
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October 31, 2015 10:00 PM MDT
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here: that day when the Temple Square lights turn on?
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October 27, 2015 02:17 PM MDT
Editor’s note: This article originally ran in October 2015 and has been updated for clarity.
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October 24, 2015 12:21 PM MDT
In the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2010, flames consumed all but the brick walls of the Provo Tabernacle. Almost a year later, President Thomas S. Monson announced in general conference that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would rebuild the historic icon into a temple, drawing audible gasps from the congregation.
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October 22, 2015 06:56 PM MDT
Earlier this week, the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions came to an end in Salt Lake City.
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October 09, 2015 03:44 PM MDT
MR says: Just two years old at the time, Marie James was immortalized on Temple Square when she was sculpted into the bronze statue of a man and woman pulling two children in a handcart.
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September 30, 2015 03:24 PM MDT
If you've taken a stroll through Temple Square, along with the immaculate gardens and beautiful sculptures, you will probably notice people sitting on street corners or near the gates holding signs and asking for help. Especially during conference time.
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September 04, 2015 05:35 PM MDT
Take a look at these stunning images from around temple square--some of them unexpected--that will make you see it in a whole new way. And can you believe Christmas lights are already up on temple square!
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July 27, 2015 02:47 PM MDT
MR says: It's opening week for 'The Book of Mormon' musical in Salt Lake, and it's still uncertain how Utahns will respond.
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July 25, 2015 02:03 PM MDT
MR says: Looking for fun, free, uplifting ways to spend your summer evenings? You won't want to miss some of these upcoming concerts.
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