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“Salt Lake City, Utah,” Ensign, March 2020

The Church Is Here

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ensign Magazine, 2020/03 Mar

Photograph by John Luke

The administrative center of the Lord’s restored Church is clustered around Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. Some buildings of interest include:

  1. Church History Library:

    Archives for the preservation of latter-day Church history.

    Building completed in 2009.

  2. Church Office Building:

    Central offices for various Church departments.

    Building completed in 1972.

  3. Relief Society Building:

    Headquarters for the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society General Presidencies.

    Building completed in 1956.

  4. Church Administration Building:

    Offices for the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and some members of the Seventy.

    Building completed in 1917.

  5. Joseph Smith Memorial Building:

    Originally a hotel, now contains a theater for Church films, restaurants, Church administrative offices, and a chapel.

    Hotel completed in 1911; renovated in 1993.

  6. Salt Lake Temple:

    Before it closed in December 2019 for renovations, it was one of 166 operating temples worldwide. It will reopen in 2024.

    Dedicated in 1893.

  7. North Visitors’ Center:

    Helps welcome 3 to 5 million visitors to Temple Square each year.

    Building completed in 1963.

  8. Salt Lake Tabernacle:

    Home of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

    Building completed in 1875.

  9. Church History Museum:

    Helps tell the story of the Church through art and artifacts.

    Building completed in 1984.

  10. Family History Library:

    The largest genealogical library in the world.

    Building completed in 1985.

  11. Conference Center:

    Current site of general conference; seats 21,000 people; also used for concerts and cultural events.

    Building completed in 2000.