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12 Days of Christmas Top 5 Ideas + Giveaway

Memories make the heart grow fonder. The holidays are a special time of the year to be with family and friends so to make sure you make the most out of your time together, we’ve compiled our favorite “12 Days of Christmas” ideas!

At the end, you’ll also find our own 12 Days of Christmas tradition of giving away prizes to our guests every day from now until Christmas. You can be one of the lucky winners, so don’t forget to join us on social media to participate.

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7 Best Photo Ops Around Temple Square



  1. Pedestal with Salt Lake Temple Background

Sure, this might be the most popular (and obvious) spot to take a picture from on Temple Square, but that doesn’t make it any less of a must-have Temple Square photo! This bride and groom’s favorite spot is also perfect for families, friends and individual pictures. Insider’s Tip: because the Temple is facing east, the best times of the day to take a picture in this hot spot are early morning, noon or sunset/after dark.

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Plan Your Christmas Dinner at Temple Square

JSMB Christmas Tree - Plan your Christmas dinner

Planning a dinner party for the family or the office is a lot of work, especially a party revolving around one of the biggest holidays of the year – Christmas! You probably already know the guest list, but what are you going to feed everyone? And where on earth are you going to host them? Well have no fear, Temple Square has two beautiful venues available for hosting private events for 12 to 430 people, and we just happen to have a NEW Christmas Menu that is hot out of the oven!


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    Joseph Smith Memorial Building                      Lion House

Whether you prefer the elegant grandeur of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, or the vintage, charming feel of the Lion House, the Christmas dinners available in both of these historic buildings will have your guests begging to come again next year. Let’s take a look at what’s NEW on the Christmas menu: Read more »

100 Years of History: The Beginnings of the Roof and the Garden Restaurants

The legacy of The Garden Restaurant and The Roof Restaurant dates back to 1914, four years after the completion of the prestigious Hotel Utah. The two restaurants were then known as The Roof Gardens restaurant, located in the magnificent rooftop garden that the hotel’s general manager spared no expense in building. Corinthian columns and the rose garden pergola were signature features of the ambiance, as well as the entertainment stage placed next to the lily pond at the north end of the garden.

Today, 100 years later, the current restaurants have distinct resemblances to the grandeur of The Roof Gardens. In the spirit of celebration, we’ve put together a collection of iconic historic pictures that tell the story of the beginnings of The Roof Restaurant and The Garden Restaurant.

original staff

The Hotel Utah opened in 1911 with full hotel capability, but The Roof Gardens did not open as a restaurant until 1914. The 1911 original hotel food service staff poses here for a publicity photo. Read more »

Why You Should Look Forward to the New Church History Museum

The Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates, will close for one year to go through extensive renovations. Over 7.5 million people have visited in the 30 years the museum has been open with about 250,000 visitors per year in the last several years. When the museum reopens in fall 2015, it will look completely different inside – all the interior walls we’ll be changed, two new exhibitions will take up most of the museum’s space and the lobby and museum store will have a completely new look! (See before and after renderings below.)

Museum Lobby Current

Current Museum Lobby

Museum New Lobby

Future Museum Lobby

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Top 5 Things to Do at Temple Square this General Conference

  1. Watch General Conference

Didn’t get tickets for General Conference? Come watch it in the Tabernacle and make it a day at Temple Square! For more information about watching General Conference, click here.


  1. Visit the Church History Museum (it will close soon!)

Looking for something fun and kid-friendly to do between the sessions? Visit the Church History Museum, located just across from the Temple Square West Gates. Delve into the history of the Church through historic artifacts and inspiring exhibits. The museum will close on Monday, October 6 for a year-long renovation so this is the last weekend to check it out as it is! For more information about the Church History Museum, click here. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Hotel Utah Love Story

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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.