About Product: Do you know which temple is built from crushed lava rock and coral? Which temple’s grounds were occupied by a rebel army? Which temple is home to an ancient Viking burial ground? Which temple had mummies on display? Which temple has more rooms than the Taj Mahal? Discover hundreds of incredible facts that prove that although every temple’s purpose is the same, each temple has its own unique history.
About Author: As a child, Rebekah Pitts’s favorite reference books were her family’s encyclopedia set and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. She has dedicated her life to serving and teaching children in a variety of capacities, including developing and teaching curriculum in preschools, public schools, and the Cub Scouts of America. She is the lyricist for several songs, including the beautiful children’s anthem “The Armor of God,” found at www.sheetmusicplus.com and on youtube, as recorded by Masa Fukuda, director of One Voice Children’s Choir: "The Armor of God Official Lyric Video." Living in the most temple-dense valley on earth with her husband and six children, Rebekah is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loves to attend the temple weekly.
Excerpt: At 288 feet, the tallest temple, in Washington D.C., is only 17 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty (305 ft). Early temples didn’t have parking lots. There is a painting of dinosaurs in the Manti Utah Temple. Artists painted the outside of the Kirtland Temple to give the appearance of a brick exterior. Each ox is unique in the Brigham City Utah Temple baptistry. It took 4 times longer to build the Salt Lake Temple (40 years) than the Coliseum in Rome (10 years). Eight hundred and forty three nineteenth-century logs cabins (300 sq. feet) would fit inside the Salt Lake Temple—the world’s largest at 253,000 sq. feet. With a build time of just over 8 months, the Monticello Utah Temple holds the record for fastest construction. South Jordan, Utah, was the first city in the world with two LDS temples—Jordan River and Oquirrh Mountain. Provo, Utah, was the second. Twice a year, around 1,000 volunteers descend on Temple Square and spend 3 weeks replanting the gardens. 300,000 plants and 200,000 bulbs are planted yearly in the Temple Square spring garden. Spend just one second looking at each plant and you’ll be there nearly 6 days to see them all. The Oquirrh Mountain Temple’s last-minute name change from the South Jordan Utah Temple required new programs for the dedication. There are no temple names starting with the letters X,Y, or Z. Every temple has a time capsule placed inside of the cornerstone. Sometimes a teenager is chosen to select the items to fill the box! One third of operating temples have names that start with the letters M, S, or C. Joseph Temple Bennett was born inside of the Salt Lake Temple on April 7, 1893 after his mother suddenly went into labor during the temple dedication.