Guys- it was snowing the day before this visit. Snowing. As you can see in the photos, it is a super sunny spring day. Crazy Utah weather. Thank heavens for the sun though, as at the time I was feeling incredibly ready to move away from Portland where we were experiencing the wettest spring in 70 years. I needed that sunshine, even if just for a day.
On this particular day we visited three temples- Oquirrh Mountain, Provo, and Provo City Center. Right before our visit here, to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, we were at a baby blessing for my newest nephew just a few blocks away. It seriously was the best day. Time with family and one of my dearest friends, three temples, and so much joy.
Anyway, Oquirrh Mountain. This temple is beautiful and in a great location up on a hill. You can see three other temples from the grounds. I mean, how cool is that! It was the 13th temple to be built in Utah, the fourth in the Salt Lake Valley, and the second temple in the city of South Jordan. Dude. Props to the members in Utah for needing so many temples- that means y’all are doing good!
I remember when President Hinckley announced this temple in General Conference back in 2005. They announced at the groundbreaking ceremony that it would be named after the Oquirrh Mountains that stood behind it.
Here’s an interesting tidbit- the Angel Moroni on top of the Oquirrh Mountain temple was struck by lightning during its open house, blackening his trumpet and face. It was replaced almost two months later, just before the temple was dedicated.
And speaking of the dedication- the cornerstone ceremony and first of the dedication sessions were on President Monson’s 82nd birthday. After he conducted the cornerstone ceremony, the crowd broke out in song, singing “Happy Birthday” to him. After they finished, President Uchtdorf finished by singing, “…and many more!”
Date Visited: April 29, 2017
Miles From Home: 792
Location: South Jordan, Utah
Dedication: August 21–23, 2009 by Thomas S. Monson
From the Dedicatory Prayer: Bless thy children throughout the world who know hunger, who have no shelter and who face daily suffering. May we reach out in a spirit of love and true charity to those who yearn for our help.