Walking down the streets of Salt Lake City, you will not miss this prominent structure, the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Entering the grand plaza, a fountain greeted me as I approached the headquarters of Mormonism.
Next to the fountain was a delicate bronze relief.
The temple in Brigham Young’s dream.
The path next to the temple takes you to the dome-shaped tabernacle.
Tourists circling around the temple – outsiders not allowed in the temple.
Tourist Information center.
One corner was the Annex.
Administrative Office Building, the tallest building in the area. A volunteer tour guide told me about a small tour on top of it. I immediately proceeded to this building since it was closing soon.
A large mural on the founding fathers in the building lobby.
Salt Lake City from the top.
A local cathedral that is not related to Mormons.
Utah State Capitol.
Historical red house nearby.
Salt Lake City was pretty hot on that day.
My personal tour guide, a Mormon volunteer who came from the Philippines years ago.
Largest conference center in the world, so large that they have planted trees on its rooftop.
The building next to the temple is Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
I was assigned a guide at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Mike was a 90-year-old retiree and volunteered as a tour guide for the building. He was probably one of the most knowledgeable person about this place that I have met so far.
It used to be one of the most elegant hotels in the city. Bought out by Mormons back in the 80’s.
Meet a crowd of world missionary returnees.
The man himself, Joseph Smith.
Blind man playing the most beautiful piano music.
A rare piece of antique.
Looking down from the second floor.
One of the many church meeting halls.
Past presidents of the church, the most recent one had just passed away. He was a brilliant neuron surgeon before retirement.
Temple view from the top.
An old vault?
The tour of the building included a movie about Joseph Smith and his book of Mormons.
We met two sisters after the movie, they took me around the tourist center.
The temple model detailed on every room, all 7 floors on the front side are used for weddings.
Visitors will transition from earth to heaven as they move upstairs..
The sister from Australia, who was sent to Salt Lake City for her 2 years of mission, walked me through the museum.