Sunday, October 19, 2008

We didn't watch TV this afternoon...


After church today, we got a little restless. I wanted to go up one of the canyons, to take some more pictures of the Autumn foliage, while it's still on the trees, but there aren't any canyons close by, and the weather looked to be taking a turn for the worse. But, still we wanted to get out, while it's still nice enough to do so -- and on a day when we're all together, at the same place, at the same time. So we took a trip to downtown Salt Lake, for the afternoon. Ok "trip" makes it sound a little more grandiose than it was -- it's only about fifteen minutes away.
I love Salt Lake, particularly around Temple Square -- it's so pretty, and peaceful -- and it had been a while since I had spent much time down there. With Autumn in full bloom, it was breathtaking. 


We strolled around the Brigham Young Memorial Park, and ate a picnic lunch, on the lawn. From there we headed over to the City Creek  Park. I was very pleased, and a little surprised, at how thrilled my kids were, just to be outside, amidst the beauty. They would probably be surprised too, if they stopped to think about it (sort of like when they eat vegetables, as long as you don't let on that they're healthy).


I was trying to get a shot of Jordan's finger, and the droplet of water, as it hit the pond. This was as  close as  I got.


We spent the bulk of our time on Temple Square. If you have never been there, it is a place of beauty and serenity. The Mormon Tabernacle, home of the world famous choir, is there. The Tabernacle has been under renovation for the last couple of years, so it had been awhile since I had seen the inside. The building was completed before the Salt Lake Temple, and there were no nails used in the construction. 

The acoustics in the building are among the best anywhere in the world. You can stand at the pulpit and whisper, and it can be heard at the other end of the hall -- nearly 170 feet away -- clear as a bell, with no amplification. The Mormon pioneers who built the Tabernacle (and the rest of Salt Lake) were from the east, and were used to niceties which simply did not exist in the middle of the western desert -- like hard woods. The benches in the Tabernacle were, originally, built of pine, and painted to look like oak. They called it Mormon Oak. Some of those benches still remain. 

We saw the Christus, in the main visitor center. Emma loves this statue. How could you not?

Then there is the Temple itself. This is where my wife and I were married. Begun in 1853, it took forty years to complete. I am in awe of this building, and those who built it. It is built of granite, quarried from a canyon, twenty five miles to the south, near where I was raised. They hauled these massive granite blocks, by oxen, to the Temple site.

 I like to go up Little Cottonwood Canyon and walk among the trees, beside the stream. You can still see massive blocks of granite sitting in the shady meadows. These were the blocks that did not cut properly. I see them as a testament to the builders --my ancestors -- who would accept only the best, for what they considered a monument to their God and their faith. Many, including Brigham Young, who were there when construction began, were not there when it was finished.

Our last stop was a small, almost unknown, little side yard. A small family cemetery, and the final resting place of one of my heroes -- Heber C. Kimball.


Heber was another of those early pioneers. He was the personification of faith and integrity. Were it not for the force of character of Heber, and his best, and oldest friend, Brigham Young, the early Mormon pioneers would not have survived. I owe them my existence in this home that I love.

So that's what we did today.
And my kids loved it. 
Just don't tell them it was good for them.

14 comments:

KatieZ said...

My gosh your pics are beautiful! I love the SLC temple. I was sealed to my first husband there so it holds a special place in my heart. However new Hubby and I will be sealed in the Vernal Temple. Soon I think!

AVT Coach said...

Thank you for adding the history with the pictures. That temple is gorgeous. I love architecture and I am amazed that at that time they could build such amazing structures. Have you read Ken Follet's book "The Pillars of the Earth". He wrote it early in his career. It is about the building of a cathedral in England. It too is historical and captures the strength and ingenuity of those pioneers. It is wonderful you are cloaking your children in their own history and faith!
Sounds like you are feeling better!

Candy said...

you captured some GREAT shots though.

I feel like I need to branch out and capture more INSIGHTFUL things.

Alexandria said...

Stunning shots as always!! I absolutely love the one of Jordan's finger and the water. It looks really pretty.

imbeingheldhostage said...

why why why? why do you try to make me homesick? I LOVE the missed-drop photo. I think it's perfect like it is, but of course they're all gorgeous-- in a tug at my heart sort of way.

Feeling better? You didn't drive while under the influence of NyQuil did you?

Aaron said...

Showoff.

We need to have a photo-off.

Pick a place, take an hour and see who gets the best shots. Of course I know I am setting myself up for failure, but we should do it.

....you know, like all those other great things we are always planning to do...

Pam Emmons said...

I love the second pic of the temple. I was just telling Pete last night that I need to see if you have any good pics of the temple that I could enlarge and hang up. That might be the one.

CrackerJacks said...

What a beautiful building and a serene place to take photos! Very pretty!

Izzy 'N Emmy gave you an AWARD. Check It Out!

Kathryn said...

What a beautiful day you had! Those are the best kinds of days. The ones you expect to be just okay that turn out to be a wonderful time.
Great shots too!

Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

Looks like a lovely family day... I love when spontaneous decisions turn out to work just right!!

Chris said...

Aaron,
Isn't there enough pain in the world?

Honey Mommy said...

What a great day! I should take my little boys to SLC sometime soon. We live closest to the Mount Timpanogos Temple, and I think it is gorgeous too!

Melissa said...

Your pictures are great!! I love the finger/water droplet one!!

AVT Coach said...

Thank you Chris for the nice comment you left at The Mannings. That was a very nice gesture!!