Mormons Built a Pretty City

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End May 24, 2011

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last night, we pulled into our hotel and started talking about going to church in the morning. Going off the stereotype that Salt Lake City is all Mormon, I told Mike we'd never find a Christian church to attend.  To prove it, I looked at what TomTom thought were places of worship nearby.) This was mostly to be a joke, because TomTom never knows protestant churches – even when they do exist.  SO I expected not to see any and weakly prove my point) Well, while there were a great amount of LDS locations listed, there seemed to be a record number of Baptist, Community, or Christian Churches nearby!  Turns out, a bunch of Christians figured they should move to Salt Lake City and witness to Mormons, and we almost equal in number! 

Online, I found K2 The Church.  That’s where we decided to go.  With Michael’s growing interest in the feminization of the church, we were excited to see a church geared for guys: "The greatest adventure of your life starts with God."  Cool.

So, this morning, we went to church at K2, and loved it.  By the way, Mike wants to move to SLC, he’s in love with the 360 degree mountain view.  After church, we had a few sights we wanted to see.  This being Sunday, we did not have many options, most everything is closed on the holy day.  So our trip was relatively short – a drive-by tourism.

We started out going to Temple Square, where the famous Mormon Tabernacle is, along with museums, the Temple and other buildings that were closed because it was Sunday.  The greatest thing here was meeting our new friend, Heather.  (See post “Outside the Temple Gate”)

From Temple Square, we left to go get a better view of Salt Lake and the city.  Our goal was Ensign Peak – there’s a monument there to the pioneering of SLC.  It’s the mountain peak that Brigham Young saw when they approached the area that would become SLC, and they climbed the mountain and built a memorial there.  I didn’t care about the Mormon significance so much as I heard it offered a great view.  However, we could not find our way to the peak – we got trapped in the ritzy mountainside luxury home district.  We still had some great views, though, and the houses were gorgeous.

The last plan for the day was to go see the 2002 Olympic Cauldron.  There is a park where you can go and see it up close and read stuff, but it’s only open Monday-Saturday.  So, we did a drive-by of the park and took some pictures.  We could see that SLC would be a great place to host the winter Olympics.  I love the Olympics, and so it was neat to look at the city from that perspective. 

On our way out, we shot some drive-by photos of the capitol building, Eagle Gate, and Beehive House and Lion house – two homes occupied by Brigham Young and other Mormon presidents along with their multitudes of wives and children. 

All-in-all, we like Salt Lake City.  We’d like to return on a weekday to see more.  And Mike wants to move here.
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