Manti Temple

on Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It has been way to long, but we are back in business. We are proud to have our third child join the family and because of that we have been a little bit behind. This month is scheduled for Manti, but I am sure that my wife and I don't have time to get down there this month. We are going to the Draper Temple to catch up on last month Saturday the 20th, at 10am. You need to provide your own temple clothes for this temple, but you don't need to schedule an appointment anymore. I called the temple and they said the temple is very busy on Saturday.

Temple Facts

The Manti Utah Temple was the third temple built in Utah.

The Manti Utah Temple was the only temple dedicated by President Lorenzo Snow.

The Manti Utah Temple was originally named the Manti Temple.

The Manti Utah Temple was built on a rattlesnake-infested site, known as the Manti Stone Quarry. Once Brigham Young designated the site for a temple, it became known as Temple Hill. The quarry's stone, Manti oolite, is the same cream-colored stone used for the temple exterior.

On the morning of the site dedication, Brigham Young confided to Warren S. Snow that Temple Hill was the spot where Book of Mormon Prophet Moroni dedicated the land for a temple site.

Open-center spiral staircases wind up each of the 179-foot towers of the Manti Utah Temple. The dramatic stairways are an engineering marvel of the Mormon pioneers.

A large arching tunnel under the east tower of the Manti Utah Temple, which has since been closed, allowed cars to pass from one side of the temple to the other.

The Manti Utah Temple is the oldest temple retaining original mural paintings 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 Manti Utah Temple is one of two temples that still employs live acting for presentation of the endowment. (The other is the Salt Lake Temple.)

In 1985, the Manti Utah Temple was formally rededicated following a four-year renovation project that included updating the auxillary systems of the temple; adding three sealing rooms, new dressing rooms, a nursery, and offices; and restoring the pioneer craftsmanship and artwork to their former glory. The three-day open house was attended by 40,308 visitors.