Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Anticlimatic Event: Angel Moroni placed back on top of the Salt Lake Temple

On April 6, 1892, the placement of the Angel Moroni statue atop the Salt Lake Temple was a momentous occasion for members of the LDS Church, signifying the nearing completion of the temple's construction. The ceremony was conducted with great reverence and celebration, attended by church leaders, construction workers, and members of the community.

Today on April 2, 2024,  four years after the 5.7 earthquake when the trumpet held by the statue fell to the ground,  construction workers placed back on top of the center spire Angel Moroni with his new shiny trumpet.. This time, only a few hundred people, mostly construciton workers gathering this morning to see the event.. I don't think there was any mention in the news that this was going to happen today. I was lucky enough to be downtown on Temple Square during my lunch break to witness the event. Here are a few photos I took this morning. 

In my opinion, the Temple and the Temple Square still looks like a warzone from the today's photo that was posted on the internet by the Church. When President Nelson announced the "renovation" in 2019, he said that the Temple would be completed in 2024. Probably with the hope that it would be completed by this weekend on April 6.  However, due to unexpected challenges presented by the excavation of the temple's foundations have led to two announcements of extensions. The temple is now expected to be completed in 2026.


Sidenote: Construction has begun on the Brigham Young Home. It what looks to be a complete gutting of his home that we call the Beehive House. Like the Salt Lake Temple "renovation".. only an outer shell of this historic building stands.