Last week in preparation for our pumpkin pie party our subs were working overtime trying to get everything in good enough condition to present. We still are several weeks out on our lighting package, our artwork for the walls is not in yet, some final paint touch ups have yet to be completed, but we're very very close. Sam and I moved into our new office space last week which is rather exciting and we even broke in the new ping pong table. Influence Real Estate is Da Bomb.
Every holiday season, Temple Square is transformed into a highly popular display of hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights.
We took the kids this past weekend to enjoy the holiday spirit. It was well worth fighting to find a parking space and wading through the crowds. Absolutely beautiful and there was a wonderful holiday spirit there. We enjoyed taking having the chance to talk to out little girls about the birth of Jesus Christ and what Christmas is really about. We loved it. Don't miss the chance to go this year.
The Salt Lake Temple was the only temple dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff.
With its distinctive spires and statue of the angel Moroni, the Salt Lake Temple is an international symbol of the Church.
The Salt Lake Temple is the largest temple (most square footage) of the Church.
Original plans for the Salt Lake Temple called for two angel Moroni statues—one on the east central spire and one on the west.
The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build with its highly ornate interior being completed in just a year.
The walls of the Salt Lake Temple are nine feet thick at the base and six feet thick at the top.
The Salt Lake Temple is the first temple to feature a standing angel Moroni statue, which was created by Paris-trained sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin.
The Salt Lake Temple features beautiful hand-painted murals on the walls of its progressive-style ordinance rooms: Creation Room, Garden Room, World Room, Terrestrial Room (no murals), and Celestial Room (no murals).
The Salt Lake Temple is one of only seven temples where patrons progress through four ordinance rooms before passing into the Celestial Room. (The other six temples are the Manti Utah Temple, the Laie Hawaii Temple, the Cardston Alberta Temple, the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, the Los Angeles California Temple, and theNauvoo Illinois Temple.)
The Salt Lake Temple is one of two temples that still employs live acting for presentation of the endowment. (The other is the Manti Utah Temple.)
The Salt Lake Temple was completed the afternoon before the dedication. That evening, invited non-Mormon government officials, businessmen and their wives were given a complete tour of the temple. It was the first time that a temple had been opened to the public prior to its dedication.
The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated on April 6, 1893—three years before Utah became a state in 1896.
The Salt Lake Temple was closed on July 29, 1962 for extensive renovation that included demolition of the old annex; cleaning of the exterior stone; replacement or upgrade of all mechanical systems, plumbing, wiring, carpeting, and light fixtures; reupholstering of furniture; and redecoration of the entire building. The temple reopened on May 21, 1963.
The dedication of a temporary annex was held on March 7, 1963. This building would later become the North Visitors' Center.
The new annex opened on March 19, 1966. It was built to house seven new sealing rooms, a children's waiting room, mechanical systems, two new locker rooms, new initiatory areas, and a new chapel seating 450 patrons. The annex was formally dedicated on October 23, 1967.
On August 13, 1993, the contents of the Salt Lake Temple record stone—a hollow stone in the foundation—were removed 136 years after they were originally placed there by Brigham Young and other leaders. Items placed in the stone included books, pamphlets, periodicals, and a set of Deseret gold coins. Because the stone had cracked, the paper items were severely damaged by moisture. Salvaged materials are now housed in the Church History Library.
Rich symbolism adorns the exterior of the Salt Lake Temple, depicting mankind's journey from mortality into the eternal realms. Perhaps Elder J. Golden Kimball expressed it best when he stated: "When I think about that building, every stone in it is a sermon to me."1 Following is a summary of some of the major symbolism of the Salt Lake Temple:
Angel Moroni. The angel Moroni depicts both a messenger of the restoration of the gospel and a herald of the Second Coming: "for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds" (JS-M 1:37).
Towers. The three towers on the east side represent the First Presidency of the Church and the Melchizedek Priesthood; the twelve pinnacles rising from the towers represent the Twelve Apostles. The three towers on the west side represent the Presiding Bishopric and the Aaronic Priesthood; the twelve pinnacles rising from the towers represent the High Council.
Battlements. The castle-like battlements that surround the temple symbolize a separation from the world as well as a protection of the holy ordinances practiced within its walls.
Earthstones. The earthstones, located at the base of each buttress, represent the earth—the "footstool of God." Although the earth is currently a telestial kingdom, it will transition to a terrestrial kingdom at the coming of the Millennium; and at the end of one thousand years, it is destined to become a celestial kingdom.
Moonstones. Located directly above the earthstones, the moon is depicted in its various phases around the temple. The changing moon can represent the stages of human progression from birth to resurrection or represent the patron's journey from darkness to light.
Sunstones. Located directly above the moonstones, the sunstones depict the sun—a symbol of the glory of the celestial kingdom.
Cloudstones. High above the sunstones on the east center tower are two clouds with descending rays of light (originally planned to be one white and one black with descending trumpets.) The parallel of this symbolism is found in the Old Testament. Once temples were dedicated in ancient Israel, they were filled with the "cloud of the Lord." At Mount Sinai, the children of Israel saw this cloud as both dark and bright accompanied by the blasting of a trumpet.
Starstones. Six-pointed stars represent the actual stars in the heaven. Upside-down five-pointed stars represent morning stars, compared to the "sons of God" in the scriptures. The large upright five-pointed stars may represent the governing power of the priesthood while the small upright five-pointed stars may represent the saving power of the priesthood for those who attach themselves to it.
Big Dipper. High on the west center tower is a depiction of the Big Dipper, a constellation used by travelers for thousands of years to find the North Star. It is an appropriate symbol for the temple where patrons come to get their bearings on the journey home.
Handclasp. Each of the center towers features a pair of clasped right hands identified as the "right hands of fellowship" cited in Galatians 2:9. In Jeremiah 31:32, the Lord uses the handclasp to denote covenant making—an act at the very heart of temple worship.
All-Seeing Eye. Located atop each of the center towers of the temple is the all-seeing eye of God, which represents God's ability to see all things.2
1. J. Golden Kimball, "Elder Jonathan Golden Kimball," Conference Report April 1915: 78–79.
Temple Locale Positioned on Salt Lake City's center block, known as Temple Square, the spires of the Salt Lake Temple rise amid downtown high-rises and super malls. Sharing the block are the North Visitors' Center and South Visitors' Center; the Tabernacle, home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall. East of the temple is the masterfully landscaped Main Street Plaza, complete with reflecting pool. Beyond the plaza is the Church's world headquarters, known as the Church Office Building, and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building—a multipurpose Church building, which has become a popular wedding event center. The Church's Conference Center, an architectural masterpiece, lies directly north of the temple. Every holiday season, Temple Square is transformed into a highly popular display of hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights.
For those who RSVP'd, don't forget to come by tomorrow to pick up your pumpkin pie! We're excited to see so many of you and we are truely grateful for your support.
Reminder of Event Details:
Influence Real Estate Office
597 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd. #7
Pleasant Grove UT, 84062
We will be at the office between 10am - 6:30pm ready to hand out your pumpkin pie. (Actually, we'll be there earlier so feel free to stop by earlier, we just might not be totally set up by then.)
We will also have a hot chocolate bar for you to enjoy, and we're excited to show off our new office space. We're not completely finished but we're very close.
We've outgrown our little office space in our current Pleasant Grove location so we've been in the process of expanding and we're finally almost done with phase one. This coming Monday the flooring should be completed, the baseboards should be going in, the interior sign rehung on the wall, and the furniture brought in. We will still need countertops in our two phone booths, the overhead lighting package is a few weeks out but we have temporary lights in the mean time, and the paint touch ups will still need to be done but we should have enough competed for Tuesday's big pumpkin pie party. I can't wait.
I took the girls to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi and we had a great time. A perfect activity for a cold, wet, rainy day. The highlights were definitely the sand river play pool. It's sort of like a winding sand box that has water running through it and little dinosaurs buried throughout. The girls played for an hour forming dams and river flows. The other huge attraction for the girls was playing with the stone blocks. Some really cool walls, forts, and even domino tracks were erected by all ages. It's a great interactive museum. Definitely worth taking the kids if you haven't been already.
Take a look at how the local real estate market is shaping up. These are the 3rd. quarter numbers in comparison to last year's 3rd quarter numbers.
Should we build? Or should we buy exisiting? Is this conversation you're having in your houshold? Contact us and we can provide some additional insights into new construction vs. existing, the pros and cons of each, and how to get the most out of your new construction experience.
Tonight we went to the first game of the MLS Playoff series, Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy.
Thank you Rich Davis with State Farm Insurance for the invitation. We had been wanting to go to a game and we finally got to go! It was a cold night but it was a beautiful evening and a fantastic atmosphere. It's easy to see why so many people have been getting hooked on RSL games.
The game ended in a tie 0-0 but there were plenty of close calls including a couple of goals waived off for off sides.
If you get the chance to go to a game, jump on it. You'll have a great time whether you're an avid soccer fan or a know nothing novice.
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