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img_1612Here’s one we all recognize and love. I grew up in Utah, so visiting the Salt Lake Temple was a pretty regular thing for me. I always loved going at Christmas time when it is covered in lights. Carey was 7 or 8 when he visited the temple for the first time while on a sprtemple-dooring break trip. As a little guy, it was huge to him. Awesome in every sense of the word.

Whenever we visit Utah now, we make an effort to go, to bring our children. They have fallen in love with it’s beauty and spirit as well. This picture of the temple door was taken 10 years ago, when my boys were still small. It is one of those moments that just sticks with me. They were so young, and they completely understood the importance of where they were. They explored every inch that they could around the temple that day.

Salt Lake is the church’s largest temple and stands as a beacon and symbol of the gospel.

Date Visited: Pre Blog

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Miles From Home: 771

Dedication: April 6, 1893 by Wilford Woodruffslc-dramatic

From the dedicatory prayer: Heavenly Father, when Thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house to offer their supplications unto Thee, and they are oppressed and in trouble, surrounded by difficulties or assailed by temptation and shall turn their faces towards this Thy holy house and ask Thee for deliverance, for help, for Thy power to be extended in their behalf, we beseech Thee, to look down from Thy holy habitation in mercy and tender compassion upon them, and listen to their cries. Or when the children of Thy people, in years to come, shall be separated, through any cause, from this place, and their hearts shall turn in remembrance of Thy promises to this holy Temple, and they shall cry unto Thee from the depths of their affliction and sorrow to extend relief and deliverance to them, we humbly entreat Thee to Turn Thine ear in mercy to them; hearken to their cries, and grant unto them the blessings for which they ask.