The world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts its program "Music and The Spoken Word" from the historic ... More
The world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts its program "Music and The Spoken Word" from the historic tabernacle. Friendly guides give tours of the tabernacle and grounds, including dropping a pin at the pulpit to demonstrate the amazing acoustics. The architecture of both buildings has been nationally recognized, as has the tabernacle organ, which boasts more than 11,000 pipes and is the 12th largest in the world. Concerts of many types regularly occur in the tabernacle and adjacent assembly hall. Admission to these attractions and the square itself, is free.
I am a Mormon. If you are not a Mormon and are interested in visiting Temple Square, here are some thoughts about how to enjoy it. First, you should decide if you want to see the temple only or if you want to also experience a bit of the religion. In my opinion, there is no better way to have an anonymous brush with the Mormon Church than at Temple Square. If you only want to see the building, walk in through one of the gates, walk around, and when you are approached by missionaries, all you have to do is politely decline. One hint is that if you wear nice business attire, dress, jacket, tie etc, you will not stand out. In any case, this is the Mormon Mecca. I suggest dressing nicely out of respect, anyway, but doing so will also help you go unnoticed, if that is what you want. It's sort of like how I went to NYC once and I wore a dress shirt and tie and nobody bothered me, but my friend wore a sweat-shirt that said "Iowa" on it and was amazed how people could tell he was from out of town.
If you want to understand a little about the religion, as I said, this is the best way to do it. The temple grounds are staffed with dozens of "sister missionaries"; young volunteer women who have left friends, family, college and jobs and are spending 18 months at their own expense, in order to answer any questions you might have. They come from all over. Probably a little more than half are US citizens, from California, New York, Arkansas, etc. The remainder come from all over the world; France, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, India. They all wear an emblem on their name tag showing where they are from. As a matter of courtesy, I suggest being respectful and polite. That's exactly what you will get from them. You find out all you want about the church and never have to give them your address and phone number. They will probably ask your name and where you are from, as a simple matter of conversation. Make up a name, if you are concerned about privacy.
For me, the highlights within Temple Square are the Temple (exterior), the Tabernacle, and the south visitors center, which houses a scale model showing the interior of the Temple, as well as a small presentation of the building of the Temple.
Years ago, the front (East) facade of the temple was behind a gate. You could look at it, but not go up to it. At that time, the only access to it was for wedding pictures. Now, the front of the building is accessible by all. You can even walk up the steps of the Temple and have a friend take your picture. As a Mormon, I was surprised and excited the first time I saw that.
The best days to visit Temple Square are Saturday and Sunday, but for different reasons.
Saturday mornings give you the best chance to see a bride and groom having their wedding pictures taken in front of the Temple (East facade), which is a memorable experience. For Mormons, marriage is the single most important moment in life. Mormons believe that they are married, not just for this life, but for the life to come as well, so observing a wedding party at the Temple is momentous. If you do see a bride and groom, take a moment to reflect that a short while before, they were inside the Temple, where they were "sealed for time and all eternity" in the religion's highest ceremony and that they have just emerged to have their pictures taken on the steps. This is as close to experiencing the Temple itself as you can get without going inside.
Sunday mornings offer you the chance to attend the free Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert in the Tabernacle. I did this for the first time about 10 years ago and found it to be very enjoyable. Note that no weddings take place on Sundays.
IT WAS VERY NICE THE SISTERS WERE WILLING TO ANSWER ANYHING THEY COULD .THE ATMOSPHERE WAS TRULY BREATHTAKING .THE WATERFALLS THE DISPLAYS OF THE TEMPLE WERE SO NEAT .THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING THE TEMPLE THE TOOL FORM THE 1800's ALOT TO TAKE IN ONE DAY .I WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK. THE 13 KIDS ON OUR TRIP HAD A WONDERFULL TIME.
Temple Square has beautiful grounds any time of year. Private religious services are held during the hours the grounds are open, but anyone is welcome to walk around and enjoy the grounds with or without a guided tour. If you are interested or have questions about the Mormon Church, I suggest a guided tour. The missionaries are friendly and happy to answer questions and you are not obligated to give them any personal information unless you chose. The grounds and tours are free and well worth the visit. If you just want to walk around on your own, you are welcome to do so, but remember this is religious building and grounds and therefore it is appropriate to be respectful just as you would at any other religious place you would visit anywhere in the world.
I found the trip to be interesting, but it's not a place to go if you're looking for a theme park to take your family. If you're easily offended by religion, don't go. You will have a horrible time. It's important to keep in mind that this is the Mormons' biggest religious edifice in the world, yeah they're not going to skirt around addressing and explaining their religion. New in Town was right, you are led to a large statue of Christ and listen to some audio, and this is a replica of the statue sculpted by Bertel Thorvaldsen. If you keep an open mind, it can be an interesting and enlightening experience, but if you want to avoid the topic of religion because you're easily offended, don't bother.
When you get there, all you do is look at a tall temple building. That's all. There is nothing 'fun' about walking around a temple or stairing at a really tall building. Now the Gateway mall was fun, small but more fun then the temple.
First of all you would think it is sort of boring but it was AWESOME espeshelly the people some were a little rude but for the most part it was a great expeiance the tour was awesomei can't wate to go back. It was worth it
The missionaries serve as tour guides and do love to share their beliefs, but if you leave your misconceptions at the gate and just enjoy the beautiful grounds it can be a wonderful experience. The temple itself is beautiful and a testament to the faith of those that built it. There are some great films you can watch, and I also enjoy the family-centered presentations.
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