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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.

  4. Dallin was not a member of the LDS church, but he was asked by LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff to build something for the central spire of the Temple. Through Dallin’s research he felt Moroni would be the perfect symbol to represent the restoration of the gospel since scripture states the angel to visit Joseph Smith and the guardian of the gold plates was Moroni.

  5. Angel Moroni holds a trumpet to symbolize the spreading of the gospel and the Second Coming of the Savior. Angel Moroni statues atop temples usually face east, when possible. This represents the Second Coming of Christ as it is stated in scripture that Christ will come from the east.

  6. The Salt Lake Temple was the first LDS temple to have an angel statue specifically identified as Angel Moroni.

  7. The statue was placed on top of the temple on April 6, 1892, exactly one year before the temple’s completion.

  8. A full-size Angel Moroni statue is featured in the Church History Museum just west of Temple Square – 45 N. West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84150



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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.

  • 6 apples, washed and cored
  • 3/4 cup brown, white, or maple sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Fill each apple center with 2 tablespoons sugar, sprinkling a little on the outside of the apple. Sprinkle with lemon juice and cinnamon; dot with butter. Place in a deep casserole dish with a lid. (If apples are uncovered in an open pan, it is necessary to baste them during cooking). Add enough water to cover bottom of baking dish. Cover and bake about 35 minutes or until tender. Remove apples from dish and boil remaining syrup from bottom of pan until thick. Pour syrup and thick cream over apples to serve.

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.

As you journey through each room, you’ll come to understand the name of the exhibit – God’s Plan for His Family – as the people in the video rely on their faith to get them through their hard times. Kids will love climbing on the red rocks in the first room and admiring the nursery as the parents in the video reflect on the good times of the past.

In the last room, you’ll be able to learn about why family really is so important, and what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes about God’s plan for families on Earth. Beautiful silhouettes of the temple line the wall, and you’ll find out the role the temple plays in our lives and the lives of families. Missionaries are available to answer questions and help you along your way.

So, if you’re looking for a way to spend your weekend, plan a trip to the North Visitors Center with the kids. And while you’re there, check out all the other amazing exhibits! You’ll never want to leave.

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.

Concerts in the Park 2013

Summer is here and the Concerts in the Park 2013 are just around the corner!

Enjoy free, informal concerts at the beautiful Brigham Young Historic Park on Tuesday and Friday evenings throughout June, July, and August. Concerts are one hour and all ages are welcome to attend.
Seating is limited; blankets or lawn chairs are welcome. The Brigham Young Historic Park is on the southeast corner of State Street and 2nd Avenue (North Temple), one block east of Temple Square.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoorsto the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. For concert updates, the information hotline is 801-240-3323.

No tickets needed!

JUNE – 8:00 p.m.
4 Pizzicato Strings; children’s string ensemble variety show
7 Broadway Crescendo; lilting and fun melodies of Broadway show tunes
11 Octappella; international award-winning a cappella vocal band
14 Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band; patriotic program and popular band music
18 One Clear Voice; inspirational female recording group and winners of Pearl Awards
21 Lorisa Pulotu; variety program of contemporary songs to timeless classics by singer/
25 Sam Payne and Savoy; jazz music at its finest
28 Nancy Hanson; Popular contemporary folk singer/songwriter


Peregrine Falcons – 4 EGGS!!

As of Saturday, April 20th there are 4 Peregrine Falcon eggs atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building!!

For those of you who may not know, there are Peregrine Falcons that nest on top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building here on Temple Square. Peregrine Falcons are an endangered species and are highly protected by the State. We are lucky to have some nesting right on our window seal! This picture is a screen shot from the webcam located in the Falcon’s nesting area. Salt Lake Peregrine Falcon’s Facebook page posted this picture on Saturday. You can follow the webcam feed by visiting

April Temple Square Performances

There are over 2,000 events on the thirty-five acres of Temple Square each year. It is the best place in Salt Lake City to watch uplifting and free concerts open to the public. Each month we bring unique events that celebrates music and talents from all over the world.

Check out the calendar for the detailed schedule of Temple Square performances.

Events are held in the Tabernacle or at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

From Taiwan – Painting at The Joseph Smith Building

Wen-Chien Hou and his wife, Hui-Hua Hou, came from Taiwan to enjoy a tour of Yellowstone and other surrounding tourist sights. They came to Temple Square today and had a wonderful time.

Wen-Chien Hou is a fabulous painter, so naturally, when seeing the gorgeous views from the 10th floor of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, he set up his easel and went to work.

He captured both the west and east views from the grand look outs on the 10th floor. The east view shows a lot of the city, while the west view shows the city and the grandiose Temple.  Below is the east view of the city.

Wen-Chien Hou did both paintings of the east and west look outs on the same canvas, creating an enlightening work that is absolutely beautiful!

What better souvenir than your own creation? This will be a wonderful memory-filled keep sake for both Wen-Chien Hou and his wife.