St. George Utah Temple
One of the must-see landmarks of Saint George, Utah, and Utah as a whole, really, is the St. George Utah Temple, previously known as simply St. George Temple. This massive and beautiful structure has historical significance to both the state of Utah, and the Mormon Church, and for good reason.
It was the first temple built when the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relocated to Utah following the death of the religion’s founder, Joseph Smith, Jr. Designed by official Church Architect Truman O. Angell, and completed in 1877, unlike other Mormon temples in the state, its appearance is most akin to the Nauvoo Temple the Mormons had left behind in Nauvoo, Illinois, when they relocated to Utah. The need for the temple was strong at the time, prior to its construction, the LDS Church body had no official location to worship en mass, hold ceremonies, or otherwise tend to Church needs.
Today, this historical structure still tends to the needs of members, and remains in operation as a major point of worship for the faithful members of the Mormon Church. As with all other LDS temples, access to the temple itself is limited to those currently holding a “temple recommend,” but visitors are welcome to stop into the visitor’s center located directly next door, as well as a church meetinghouse directly across the street, which also provides an excellent vantage point for photographs.
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