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Temple Square Visitor Centers

(Last Updated On: March 22, 2016)

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We recently realized that we’ve never blogged about the Temple Square Visitor Centers. That’s plural, if you’re not aware, because there is a north visitor’s center which features church history, Book of Mormon teachings, and Bible teachings, and a smaller south visitor’s center which focuses primarily on the family.

The north visitor’s center has 3 levels. The main floor features scenes from the Bible. There is a large model of the city of Jerusalem that highlights important scenes from the life of Jesus. Huge LDS murals depicting major events in his life including his birth and the Triumphal Entry hang along the wall. There are also missionaries giving tours at the main desk.

This is the interactive map of Jerusalem.

This is the interactive map of Jerusalem.

Our one year old loved all the pictures of Jesus.

Our one year old loved all the pictures of Jesus.

Upstairs, you’ll find the famous Christus statue. Our boys spent several quiet moments in this room relaxing and enjoying the couches (and hopefully the statue). Be sure to walk around this floor as there are also huge pictures from the Bible.

In the basement of the north visitor’s center, you’ll find several displays. There is a section focusing on the LDS church’s humanitarian efforts. ┬áThere is a large section about prophets, Joseph Smith the Mormon prophet, and the Book of Mormon. There are interactive displays with answers to questions and stories from the Book of Mormon, too. Dad’s favorite display on Temple Square is the Book of Mormon translations found here. He likes to read the names of the languages and find the languages he doesn’t recognize. Later, he looks them up to see where they are spoken. (Mam this time, which is a Mayan language spoken in parts of Mexico).

We always love walking upstairs to see the beautiful Christus statue.

We always love walking upstairs to see the beautiful Christus statue.

The huge bible pictures take up a whole hall and it's fun to look at the details so close up.

The huge bible pictures take up a whole hall and it’s fun to look at the details so close up.

Downstairs you can see the huge humanitarian display of all the Church does.

Downstairs you can see the huge humanitarian display of all the Church does.

Most of the displays also have short videos to watch which helps keep the kids involved.

Most of the displays also have short videos to watch which helps keep the kids involved.

We love this display of the Book of Mormon in different languages.

We love this display of the Book of Mormon in different languages.

The south visitor’s center contains mostly information on the family. There are interactive displays about Family History, but we didn’t spend much time with them. Don’t miss the model of the Temple, which has one side cut away so you can see the interior room of the Temple. It is really fascinating. There is also a section that focuses on the building of the Salt Lake temple from Brigham Young choosing the temple site to choosing the granite stone in Little Cottonwood Canyon to the tools used to build the temple.

South Visitors Center

This model of the inside of the temple is so interesting.

This model of the inside of the temple is so interesting.

This section talks about the history of building the Salt Lake Temple.

This section talks about the history of building the Salt Lake Temple.

There is a beautiful view of the temple from the South Visitors Center.

There is a beautiful view of the temple from the South Visitors Center.

While you are at Temple Square, make sure to spend a few minutes in the Tabernacle. The pipe organ is amazing, and though the building is retired from most uses, it is usually open and you can walk in. The Assembly Hall, located on the southwest corner of Temple Square is generally open as well. We’ve been in just to look around, and sometimes we’ve even seen a concert or recital in one or both of these buildings.

The tabernacle is a unique building to visit.

The tabernacle is a unique building to visit.

The Assembly Hall is one more beautiful building on Temple Square.

The Assembly Hall is one more beautiful building on Temple Square.

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