The Manti Utah Temple

img_1755The 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.

angel-moroni-on-manti-templeI 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.”


The Payson Utah Temple

payson-utah-templeThe Payson Utah LDS Temple is beautiful.

Growing up in Orem Utah, I didn’t venture down to Payson very often, except to go to the lake or to drive through on my way to somewhere else. There just wasn’t a whole lot there. So when I originally heard that the church was going to build a temple there I was a little surprised. But I had been away from Utah for almost 20 years, and accepted the possibility that things continued to grow and progress even though I wasn’t there.

In 2015, just a few weeks after it was dedicated, we were visiting my parents and decided to drive down and check out the new temple. And I have to tell you that I was amazed at its beauty! I mean, all temples are beautiful, but there are those that just stand out to individuals for one reason or another. I think for me it was the simpleness and quietness of the surrounding area. I loved that the homes nearby were humble yet tidy. All seemed to just focus on the temple.img_20151120_060514

Our three sons came along, as they do for most of our visits, and Payson instantly became one of Steven’s (our middle son) favorites. Now every time we visit Utah he requests a drive down to Payson. We are happy to oblige.

Sidenote- my computer crashed several months ago, but luckily I got all of my photos onto an external hard drive before that happened. Unfortunately, I cannot find said hard drive. I have searched my house from top to bottom and it is MIA. That darn hard drive has all of my pictures from my “real” camera for the last 5 years except for a few that I had in other locations as well. Anyway, long story short(ish): Our visit to the Payson temple is on that drive- so I only have this one photo for now. Aaaaaaannnnd that is why I used the same photo twice in the same post!

Date Visited:

Miles From Home: 832

Location: Payson, Utah

Dedication: June 7, 2015 by Henry B. Eyring

From the Dedicatory Prayer: …we pray for Thy people throughout the earth. Let Thy blessings rest upon Thy faithful Saints wherever they may be. May each hold in his or her hand the torch of faith and be guided thereby in all circumstances. Open the heavens and pour down blessings upon those who live the ancient law of the tithe. Stay in their behalf the hand of the destroyer and multiply the fruits of their labors.

The Salt Lake City Utah Temple

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.