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22.1.06

Picture Day takes us down into Deseret!¹

I'm aware that I'm really not that popular to be posting three times in one day, but I don't care! I'm an out-of-control blogger!

Today's selection of photographs is from our sojourn in Utah, the stronghold of Mormons, or Latter-Day Saints. Salt Lake City is a cool city - the streets are extra wide so that wagons could turn around, and it's a pleasant place to hang out. Of course, it's the center of Mormonism, so that's what we checked out!

We got a nice tour of the Temple complex from a bubbly young lady from, interestingly enough, Portland, and she showed us around and told us about the history of Mormonism. I refuse to pick on Mormons, because they're as weird (or as normal, depending on your point of view) as other Christian sects and other religious folk, but I do have some advice for you if you go to Salt Lake City: don't ask them what happened to the golden tablets - the answer is a little too convenient.

Moving on, I'm not entirely sure what this is a picture of, but it's part of the main Temple complex. It's not Brigham Young's house, I can tell you that much.

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The next picture is the organ they use with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It's gigantic!²

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The next two pictures are the main Temple of the Mormons. Non-Mormons forbidden! A co-worker of Krys' once went inside the Temple in Portland when it first opened, because it hadn't been consecrated yet. So she got to see what was inside. We, however, were unclean! The golden guy on the top is the angel Moroni, by the way.

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Those are all the pictures of Mormon landmarks, unfortunately. We toured some other places and checked out Brigham Young's house, but it just wasn't photogenic. I have standards, you know!

We decided to take a short trip out to the Great Salt Lake, because if we ever told anyone we were in Utah and we didn't see the lake, they would look at us as if we were crazy (and who wants that?). So these pictures are of us at the lake. Keep in mind two things as you look at these: I cannot float in normal water, and the depth right where we are is approximately two feet. Salt is awesome.

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It was bizarre being out at the lake - there was no one there for a long time, and we wandered around a 1920s-style building that was, apparently, the hip-happening place to be back in, well, the 1920s. We wondered if we were about to be featured in some sort of weird Mormon slasher flick - "The Killer Was Polygynous!" or something like that. Finally some people showed up and we all took a dip. The lake itself was horrible - it stunk and there were black flies all around. But like I said, when one goes to Salt Lake City, one must visit the lake, mustn't one?

Next week: Bryce Canyon! Oh, so many photographs of Bryce Canyon!

¹ Fine. Here.
² There was an easy joke there and I didn't make it. I'm so mature.

3 Comments:

Blogger Latigo Flint said...

I'm frightened of brine shrimp. Brine shrimp wish us ill. Doubt it at your own peril.

23/1/06 12:43 AM  
Blogger tomthedog said...

Mormons freak me out, man.

23/1/06 12:44 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

I will not doubt it at all, Latigo.

And Mormons shouldn't freak you out, Tom. They're just like you and me!

23/1/06 2:35 PM  

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