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Early on the morning of April 25, 1877, President Brigham Young asked Brother Warren S. Snow to go with him to the Temple hill. Brother Snow says: “We two were alone: President Young took me to the spot where the Temple was to stand; we went to the southeast corner, and President Young said: “Here is the spot where the prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a Temple site, and that is the reason why the location is made here, and we can’t move it from this spot; and if you and I are the only persons that come here at high noon today, we will dedicate this ground.” – Whitney, Orson F. Life of Heber C. Kimball. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967. p.436

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Manti Utah Temple

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Manti Utah Temple

The Manti Utah Temple stands on a hill overlooking the Sanpete Valley in Central Utah. The March 1978 Ensign magazine shares a bit of history …

“[The city] was settled by determined pioneers. They carved shelters for that first winter out of a hillside of creamy tan oolite; in the spring, they battled rattlesnakes for possession of the valley. And from that hill, they took the limestone to build their temple …

The temple can be seen when entering the Sanpete Valley from the north by way of Nephi Canyon from a distance of more than thirty miles. Indeed, the "Jeweled Crown of Manti (as it has been called) may rightly be called the Crown of Sanpete Valley.

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St. George

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St. George

I feel a special fondness for the St. George Utah Temple. Every opportunity I have to stroll the grounds seems a sacred experience. I also particularly like the following portion of the dedicatory prayer offered on April 6, 1877 by Daniel H. Wells (a much storied participant in the latter-day restoration):

"Almighty and Everlasting God, our Heavenly Father … Thou who art the Father of our spirits; it is to Thee we approach this morning to worship and to offer up our dedicatory prayer, in thanksgiving and praise for this offering, even a Temple which Thou hast enabled Thy people to rear unto Thy most Holy Name. We realize, Our Father, that we are dependent upon Thee, and that, although we are shut out from Thy presence, inheriting many weaknesses and made subject to many temptations and sins, we are Thy children and as such, we come before Thee in the depths of humility, with broken hearts and contrite spirits, praying that Thine indulgence, Thy tender mercy and compassion may be extended toward us, and that Thou wilt forgive everything which thine all-seeing and searching eye hath held amiss in us."

These three images - the first of several to eventually find their way here - were created as I walked the temple grounds. I hope you find them as I intended: sacred, reverential, inspiring.

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New website for LDS Temple photography by James L. Heywood

New website for LDS Temple photography by James L. Heywood

Well I've finally done it. Though not a website builder, I've finally rebuilt Heywood Fine Art from the ground up. I plan to start simple and slowly expand. I'm not really sure what's going to happen when I click the Go Live button. Let me just press it and see …