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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.

Spring Flowers Are Here!

Gorgeous flowers are blooming all over the Temple grounds!

There are over 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. These gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers.

Come enjoy this beauty that encompasses the 35 acres of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

A Photographer’s Experience

This is a guest entry submitted by Karen Larsen:

“Temple Square at Christmas time is a wondrous place that touches the heart and soul with the true meaning of the season.   A celebration of the birth of our Savior is told in the music, the lights, the decorations, the beautiful nativity scenes and the glorious statue of Christ overseeing it all.

The “ooohs” and “aaahs” of people on their first visit, the wide eyes and giggles of children, happy families sharing a night out together, couples in love strolling arm in arm – everyone taking a break from the hustle, bustle and stress of holiday shopping to experience the peace and joy and beauty found here.  With photo opportunities everywhere one looks, Temple Square at Christmas is a ‘must’ for photographers.

Every year I brave the cold, and suffer with fingers too numb to work the dials on my camera, and lug around my tripod and heavy camera equipment, because I know I will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful photos I will take all year!

How can one not be inspired when looking at the magnificent Salt Lake Temple framed with hundreds of thousands of golden Christmas lights, or a heavenly nativity seemingly floating on twinkling water, or the elegant and ornate lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building graced with its magnificent Christmas tree, or the inspiring image of the ‘Christus’ to remind us He is Lord of the Universe!

With scenes like this to photograph, I am able to see and recall the beauty and inspiration found on Temple Square at Christmas, all year long.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos this year.”

Karen Larsen Photography

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!

Dinner for Two at The Roof Restaurant!

On your next visit to Temple Square you could be dining at The Roof Restaurant for FREE!  Located on the 10th floor of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, this exquisite restaurant provides one of the best views of the Salt Lake Temple.  This is a unique fine dining experience with delicious buffet options and a bounty of delectable desserts!   So how do you win this dinner for two experience?  The Roof Restaurant is giving this amazing gift to one of their lucky Facebook fans!  As if the dinner wasn’t enough, the dinner for two gift card comes all wrapped up in a beautiful gift basket which also includes the NEW Lion House Pies cookbook, a box of chocolate truffles, and sparkling grape juice for two!  What a fun holiday gift!  You can enter the Facebook drawing by becoming a fan of The Roof Restaurant and checking out the ‘Double the Fans’ giveaway located in the giveaway tab at the top of the page.  The lucky winner will be chosen on January 1, 2011, so hurry and enter the drawing!

This is a fun chance to make your next Temple Square visit that much more memorable! Happy New Year! We hope to see you soon!

Nauvoo Cafe Picture Contest

The Nauvoo Cafe is giving away three gift cards to lucky Facebook fans! Want to win? You’ll have to go on a scavenger hunt!

Take a picture of you, your family or friends at each of the following locations: inside the Nauvoo Cafe, with a statue on Temple Square and with the flowers on Temple Square. Once you have the pictures, post them to the wall of the Nauvoo Cafe’s Facebook page .

Three prize winners will be chosen to receive a $25 or $50 gift card. Winners will be announced every two weeks until June 14th. Happy Hunting!

Oklahoma ward members travel to Conference

This is a guest entry submitted by Carissa M:

“We have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to go to Conference twice now. Once in October of ’09, and again just this past April. My husband is the bishop of our little ward in Durant, OK, and I am the Seminary teacher. We have lots of stalwart youth and some who struggle internally with things of the world (don’t we all?). My husband came up with the idea of taking them to see the prophet speak live in Conference to give them the opportunity not only to hear and see him, but also to allow them another opportunity to strengthen their testimonies (and who doesn’t need that?).

Once the 25-hour journey by car was successfully accomplished, despite a freak snow storm, we started by going to Temple Square and taking in the peaceful feeling of the Spirit that resides there.

Then, we took a tour from the lovely Sister Missionaries through the old Tabernacle and the Visitor’s Centers. They did such a good job keeping all 7 boys’ attention!

After lunch, we decided to tour the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and while there watched the Joseph Smith movie. It was moving, and our eyes were wet to say the least. I think I can say on behalf of all the youth, we walked away with a more unshakeable knowledge that Joseph Smith was TRULY a prophet of God.

Conference was, as it always is, amazing! It always feels as though those inspired men and women are speaking straight to my soul. The pen I was holding could barely keep up with my fingers pushing it along, trying to record as many memories/notes as possible.

Then, we headed over to Deseret Bookstore where they were having Liz Lemon Swindel painting LIVE in person! I could hardly contain myself. Watching her paint was like watching a ballet dancer. She was so thoughtful and her every move was so graceful. It was all I could do to muster the courage to ask her if I could photograph her. Both she, and her talent, are amazing! Plus, we had to get some of those yummy goodies from the Lion House Pantry while we were there! Those amazing little treats were at least half our diet intake for the 3 days we were in Salt Lake!

All in all, I think I can say we walked away from this place stronger, better, and with a desire to become more perfected in Christ. I hope it’s an experience we won’t soon forget!”

Family from Colorado visits Temple Square

This is a guest entry submitted by MaryAnn M.:

“We are Utah natives, but we’ve been living in Colorado for the past 12 years.

When we come back to Utah, we try to take our children to Temple Square so that they can learn a little about their own history and their ancestors.  Our kids recently mentioned to us that they were wondering why we hadn’t taken them to Temple Square in a long time :)

We traveled to Utah two weeks ago with some friends from Colorado who brought their family to be sealed.  It was an amazing experience as their mother is not a member of the church and they had never spent time in SLC.

We toured the Conference Center and then had lunch in the Nauvoo Cafe where we coincidentally ran into my sister-in-law and nephew.  We loved the food in the Nauvoo Cafe, as well as the prices!  It was perfect.

We then watched the Joseph Smith movie and everyone with us was deeply touched.

Our friend’s mother, who is not a member, was thrilled to meet a sister missionary who was also from Taiwan – her homeland.

Our children loved spending time in the family history library.  We’d never actually done anything there, but our daughter wanted to work on her Faith In God project and so she spent time there working on a family tree and doing some family research.”

***We love guest submissions to our blogs! If you would like to submit pictures of your family or friends on Temple Square or in one of our restaurants, please e-mail them, along with a 1-2 paragraph explanation, to