The Manti Utah Temple is hands down my (Carrie’s) most favorite temple. I find it so beautiful. But that’s not it. There is a feeling there, on the grounds, of holiness and sacredness that of course is felt at other temples, but more so here for me than anywhere else.
Every time I visit, as I’m driving either to or from, my mind drifts off to Moroni wandering for all those years. How he walked through that area and actually dedicated the very spot of ground on which the temple is standing. I imagine him walking through the landscape, which may look now just like it did to him.
Brigham Young sent people to Manti to build the temple and knew the exact spot where it should be. Even though there was some argument among the saints at the time. He said “Here is the spot where the Prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a Temple site, and that is the reason why the location is made here, and we can’t move it from this spot..”
The rock that was used to build the temple came from the Parry Brothers Stone Quarry. I’m distantly related to Edward Lloyd Parry, who was the master stone mason there. My mom’s side of the family are Parrys and hail from Wales. The Parry line that links to me stayed in Salt Lake, and in fact my 3rd great grandfather John Parry actually started the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
I love going to the Manti Pageant (or officially the Mormon Miracle Pageant) which is held on the temple grounds every summer. I’ve only been a handful of times, and honestly it is a little cheesy, but every time I go I eagerly await the moment when the Angel Moroni shows up on top of the temple. Truly one of my favorite moments! We took our boys to the pageant back in 2013 and they loved it as well. They still make fun of some of the lines in it, but would go back and watch it again in a heartbeat.
I love the Sanpete area and I love the Manti Temple. Looking forward our next visit!
Date Visited: Pre Blog and as often as possible
Location: Manti Utah
Miles from home: 894
Dedication: May 17, 1888 by Wilford Woodruff (Private), May 21-23, 1888 by Lorenzo Snow (Public), and June 14-16, 1985 by Gordon B. Hinckley (Rededication)
Cool tid-bit: At General Conference in October 1876, Brigham Young instructed various areas to build a temple. He said, “Go to work and build a Temple in Sanpete. As soon as you are ready to commence, I will provide the plan. The ground is already selected. We do not ask whether you are able to do this; but ask yourselves if you have faith sufficient to do it, for we know that you are perfectly able to do it if you are willing, and do it inside of three years from next April. Then to the people of Box Elder County, the Malad Valley, Cache Valley, Soda Springs, and Bear Lake Valley, Rich County, and the people on Bear River, I say, unite your labor and commence as soon as you can to build a Temple in Cache Valley. Again, to the people of Weber County, Davis County, Morgan and Summit Counties, Salt Lake County, Tooele and Utah Counties, with the people east and west, I will say, Go to work and finish the Temple in this city forthwith. Can you accomplish the work, you Latter-day Saints of these several counties? Yes, that is a question I can answer readily, you are perfectly able to do it, the question is, Have you the necessary faith? Have you sufficient of the Spirit of God in your hearts to enable you to say, Yes, by the help of God our Father, we will erect these buildings to his name.”