The Secular Amid The Sacred: A Journey to Salt Lake City, Part IV

September 19-20, 2014-  I made the short drive from Salt Palace to the Utah State Capitol complex, on the Friday afternoon of the the convention.  Like many Capitol buildings, Utah’s is built in the style of ancient

Greece and Rome, with a cupola in the middle.  It is smaller than some, but every bit as majestic in its approach.


The area was deserted, save for a lone young Native American man, who had planted himself in front of the central vantage point for photographing the building.  Thus, everyone who wanted such a photo would have to include him in the shot, or at least ask his leave, before photographing.  I had no such designs, and chose the northeastern angle for making my photograph.  Some days, I’m more isolationist than others.

Across the street are the Old Salt Lake City Hall, and the 18th Ward Chapel.  Mormons refer to their “parishes” as “wards”.  The ward building was moved here from further down the hill, so as to make room for a larger civic project, while preserving the older building.



A two-sided memorial to the Mormon pioneers is also on the Capitol grounds.



As another reader pointed out yesterday, Mormon families are especially proud of ancestors who were pioneers that pulled a hand cart, in the process of settlement. I set my vehicle towards one more night at Wasatch Inn, and a fish dinner at Coachmans.

The next day, once the Convention was officially over, I forewent a post-convention concert, and headed for home.  One stop was left, at the well-lit LDS temple in Manti, a small, but thriving farming community, about two hours south of Salt Lake City.


I learned immense amounts of information during those three days, all of it practical.  Essential oils will loom large in my life, over the next several years.

4 thoughts on “The Secular Amid The Sacred: A Journey to Salt Lake City, Part IV

  1. When I see these dignified edifices, I think of the value behind them; they are timeless in design, such beautiful symbols of the worship of God. How did you hear about the one in Manti? One of my dear friends used to dream of living in St George UT. Have you ever visited there? Her plans were foiled when her then husband realized it would be extremely difficult to get a job. Do you know of any good fish frys in this vicinity? 🙂


  2. I drove through Manti, and spotted the temple. Penny and i visited St. George once, driving from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. It’s a lovely small city, and gateway to several National Parks. Fish fries are all on Friday night- Lynx Lake Cafe, JB’s and Gurley Street Grill all have good fish.


  3. On my first glance at the temple in Manti, I thought “grain elevator.” Oops, but grain elevators tend to no be so decorative!
    The New Mexico capitol building is the most unusual I’ve seen, but I guess I havent’ seen all that many. I guess since so many of them were built around the same time, it makes sense that they are in the style popular at the time. The Texas state capitol building is kind of impressive, but you’ve seen that.


    • I have found Texas, Oklahoma, Washington State, Ohio and Illinois to have very impressive Capitol buildings. Santa Fe features a Capitol that is true to the style of the region. I will get a new photo of the building, when I visit there again, next Spring.


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