A Look Inside The Salt Lake Temple
The historic Salt Lake Temple was the 6th temple completed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is the most recognized LDS Church building in the world. The site for the temple was selected by LDS Church President Brigham Young just days after they first wave of Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley, in July 1847. The official groundbreaking for the temple took place on February 14, 1853.
The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to construct, and was built using local materials and volunteer labor. The structure is made of granite blocks that were quarried 20 miles southeast of Temple Square in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The stone cutters and laborers chiseled out granite blocks that weighed from 2,500 to 5,600 pounds each and transported them to the temple site, at first by ox-drawn wagons and later by railroad. At the temple site, expert stone cutters carved the blocks to fit perfectly into place. The granite walls are nine feet thick at the base and six feet thick at the top. The temple was dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff, the 4th president of the LDS Church, on April 6, 1893.
There are several symbols on the building relating to Jesus Christ, The Priesthood, and LDS Church doctrines on Salvation and Exaltation. Click on the link to find out what these temple symbols are and what they mean.
The Salt Lake Temple is a marvel of pioneer architecture and skill. Temple Square receives over 250 million visitors per year, and in 2012 the temple was named one of the "8 religious wonders to see in the U.S." by CNN.
The Salt Lake Temple is approximately 119 feet by 181 feet, and has over 253,000 square feet of floor area, making it the largest temple in the church. The edifice has 170 rooms; including a chapel, offices, infirmary, utility rooms, a cafeteria, waiting rooms, storage areas, locker rooms and several bathrooms. I don't think you're all that interested in seeing those so I'm just sticking to the main rooms for this tour.
The temple is a standing testimony to the faith in God The Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, shared by the Mormon Pioneers who built it as well as church members today. To Latter Day Saints, temples are considered houses of God and are a place church members can go to get relief from the cares of the world and draw closer to God. The Salt Lake Temple, as with other temples, is set apart from other church buildings for sacred rites and ceremonies, such as eternal marriages and proxy baptisms for the dead. These will be discussed further on each page on this pictorial tour. Click on the arrow below to begin.