8 Facts about the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni


  1. Cyrus Edwin Dallin was the sculptor of the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni statue. He also designed the Brigham Young Monument on Main Street near the temple. Other great works of Dallin include: Paul Revere and Appeal to the Great Spirit, both featured in Boston.

  2. Dallin’s Angel Moroni statue is neoclassical in design, molded in hammered copper and covered in 22-karat gold leaf.

  3. The statue stands 12 feet 5 inches tall and most likely weighs a few thousand pounds – the actual weight is not known, but based on Angel Moroni statues made soon after that weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds, it is estimated  this statue weighs similarly. Read more »

Guacamole and Salsa

Happy National Guacamole Day! To celebrate this delicious date, we’re sharing with you the “Guacamole and Salsa” recipe from our “Recipes from The Roof” cookbook.


 Salsa & Guacamole Recipe 2

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Dine O’Round – The Garden Restaurant

The Downtown Alliance’s annual Dine O’Round is back and The Garden Restaurant is excited to be part of it once again! Between September 12 and September 28, over 50 restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City will be featuring a special menu to make it easier for people to experience the variety dining downtown has to offer. Menu options can include 2-course $5 or $10 lunch and 3-course $15 or $30 dinner. Check out Dine O’Round‘s website for a complete list of restaurants and specials. Come dine with us after 4pm to enjoy a specially crafted $15 3-course dinner prepared by our talented chefs! Read more »

David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

In honor of President David O. McKay’s birthday (September 8th) we want to share one his favorite recipes, now published in the brand new “Dining with the Prophets – Historic Recipes from the Lion House” cookbook! Available at Deseret Book.

Dining With The Prophets

David O. McKay’s Baked Apples

Although he appreciated a simple meal of bread and milk, President David O. McKay also enjoyed the best of homemade cooking. According to Suzanne McKay Adams, the prophet’s granddaughter, President McKay’s wife, Emma Ray Riggs McKay, was widely known for her homemade pies and cakes. Read more »

Have You Been to “God’s Plan for His Family?”


On the second floor of the North Visitors Center, there is an incredible exhibit that not many people know about. It’s called God’s Plan for His Family and it’s the perfect place to bring kids and adults alike.

In this six-room interactive exhibit you’ll follow a family through each stage of life as they encounter challenges, victories, and grow together. The rooms are set up to match the setting of each segment of an ongoing video , allowing you to immerse yourself in the experience. Read more »

The Roof: Behind the Scenes with the Sous Chef

This week, we were able to sit down with Colby, the sous chef at The Roof. We talked about what drives him, what brought him to The Roof, and some of his favorite dishes he loves to enjoy while overlooking beautiful Temple Square.


So, tell us about yourself.

How’s it going? My name is Colby and I’m 26. I love soccer, video games, and of course, cooking. Go Real Salt Lake and the Jazz! I just got married about three months ago and moved here from St. George.

How long have you worked at the Roof?

About two and a half months and I love it. The head chef, Pedro, is a really nice guy, which is rare in the cooking world. The atmosphere at The Roof has been awesome and I have learned a lot already in my short time working there. Read more »

What’s Happening in Salt Lake City?

The bustling downtown streets of Salt Lake City are always filled with fun things to do, and many of them are free! Check out some of the things happening in the city this month.

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International Days 2014

Explore culture from all over the world this weekend! Tonight (Aug. 14) is the country spotlight show featuring modern and traditional dance from Indonesia. Tomorrow, Folklore Fun at the Veridian will include workshops and dance and music from all over the world. On Saturday, the Colors of the World Expo is a great place to take the kids for activities, kite flying, and one performance after another. Read more »

Hotel Utah Love Story

-Guest entry -

The Doorman and the Elevator Operator – Hotel Utah 1936

1936 doorman and elevator operator story - Hotel Utah

The year was 1934 and the Great Depression was in full swing.   Two young people, brother and sister, left their hometown in Gunnison, Utah to come to the big city of Salt Lake City to attend L.D.S. Business College.   Their names were Ernest Uhlan ( known as Rudy), and Carol Swalberg.

Rudy was a dapper young man with big plans and Carol was a lovely young woman with high hopes.   As a child she had developed polio, which left her crippled, and she was given a scholarship from the State Vocation Rehabilitation Department to receive schooling.   Carol completed her schooling and went to work and in 1936, to his great joy, Rudy was able to find employment as a doorman at the famous Hotel Utah.

At the same time, a beautiful young woman by the name of Margaret Janet Stahr, a native of Salt Lake City, also came to work at the Hotel Utah.   Her father had passed away in 1935 and she quit her studies at East High School to help her mother support their large family.   To her great joy, she was hired as an elevator operator at the prestigious Hotel Utah.   It took a while to learn how to control the lever that brought the elevator to a stop on the desired floor, but she soon learned to do the job with perfection.

The rest is “family” history, as it wasn’t long before Rudy noticed the beautiful new elevator operator and a wonderful romance began.  Rudy made sure he took many an elevator trip on a certain elevator manned by the beautiful Margaret Stahr,

Rudy worked at the Hotel Utah until 1939 and Margaret worked there until October 4, 1940 when the happy couple was married in the Lion House in Salt Lake City.  Thus began their life together and the beginning of our family.

Hotel Utah has always been a very special place for our family. Without this beautiful hotel, we wouldn’t have had the happy couple as our parents.  I was born July 9, 1942 and my sister was born October 28, 1943.

Through the years we have enjoyed going there and enjoying the Christmas spirit and decorations there.  When my wife and I were courting, we went to a dance in the Grand Ballroom and have attended family events and wedding breakfasts in this beautiful building.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our story.

Sincerely……………….Ernest David Swalberg

The Hotel Utah was the name and function of the current Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

Church History Museum

In celebration of International Museum Day on May 18, we’re featuring the Church History Museum located across the street from Temple Square (45 North West Temple Street)!

The Church History Museum is celebrating 30 years (1984-2014) and hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits on special themes. The permanent exhibits are collections of documents, photographs, art, sculptures, furniture and clothing from the pioneers who migrated west, covering about 160 years of history of the LDS Church. Join us for a fun educational experience for the whole family!

Free entrance.


Temporary Exhibits:


Practicing Charity: Everyday Daughters of God

(February 28, 2014 – September 15, 2014)


Portraits of Childhood: Behold Your Little Ones

(Closing September 7, 2014)


A Good Turn Daily: 100 Years of Scouting and Aaronic Priesthood

(July 29, 2013 – September 10, 2014)


A Book of Mormon Fiesta: A Latin-American Celebration

(January 06, 2011 – October 05, 2014)


No Greater Love

(September 20, 2013 – September 01, 2014)



Plan Your Visit:


45 North West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat and Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


More Information:

Location, Parking and Public Transit

Museum Store

2014 Holiday Schedule

Tours and Public Programs

Online Exhibits

Free Garden Tours on Temple Square

The design of these gardens varies from formal French parterres to old-fashioned English cottage gardens like those you might find in front of Anne Hathaway’s cottage at Stratford.
There are giant Victorian flower baskets and other garden areas featuring drought-tolerant plants native to our western deserts.

Conference Center Rooftop Prairie
The four acres of prairie on the Conference Center roof are remodeled after an authentic native grassland, with wild grasses sharing space with hundreds of native flowers that bloom throughout the summer months. These water-thrifty plants and trees use about half the water required by conventional gardens.

Gardens on the Plaza
World-renowned gardens surround the 35 acres of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These gardens include 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. The gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers.


Church Office Building Plaza
50 East North Temple

Monday-Friday, 11:00am (meet at the southwest lobby)
Wednesday, 7:00pm (meet outside the southwest lobby doors)
Sunday, 10:30am (meet at the east gate of Temple Square)


Conference Center Roof
60 West North Temple

Monday-Friday, 10:00am (meet inside door 15)


No tours on holidays.
For group or private tours, please call 801-240-5916.
Free one-hour garden tours are given April – September.


*Text taken from “Gardens on the Plaza” brochure.