Thursday, December 3, 2009

Masonic Temple

A few weeks ago we were able to go into the Masonic Temple in Salt Lake City. A banner went up saying the doors would open to the public so we put it on our calendar! I've looked at it zillions of times since we live very close to it and wondered what it was like and now I know! We went with our friends, the Merds.

One of the rooms had a Colonial flare. They told us the decor really had nothing to do with being a Mason... more of just looking to the past and remembering. I want one of these benches. :)

These stairs were in the "ritual rooms" and each word relates to part of the ritual.

This was the Egyptian room... though I can't lie... I was least impressed with this one!

Here is a close up of the framed picture. I love the phrase "We have seen His Star in the East and are come to worship Him."

To be a Mason, you don't have to actually work with stone, you just use similar principles of building a 'true' building to build a 'true' man. Here is a rough stone...

and here is a polished, carved stone. Just like our lives... we can polish our rough edges and make ourselves shine.

There was a large theatre room with this stage. They said the sets are used in the rituals. Again learning that building a building is like building our lives.

And here is the old-time stage stuff. We loved the huge knobs and stuff! There even was a steering wheel! :)

Here is the Gothic room.

There was also a Moorish room but it appears I didn't upload any of those pictures. The main thing that was different was the pointed-top doors.
We also visited the cafeteria in the basement and were entertained by these friendly creatures who watch you eat!

Check out these folding chairs! They just don't make stuff like they used to!

And a couple other random pictures... Cool old telephones!

And an insanely large comb we found in a drawer! (Yes, we're annoying tourists!)

We had a lot of fun and learned a lot and are so glad we went!

That evening, we went to the LDS temple and Aaron mentioned that although the Mason's seem to be a great group for men, there is nothing like going to the real temple!


Josh.Megs.Abigail said...

I've always wondered what it was like in there. Thanks for posting pictures! And amen to Aaron. When I was in France I went through some of the cathedrals, Notre Dame of course, and I actually always got a nervous and anxious feeling in my stomach, but as soon as I left I felt at peace. I know it's not like that for everyone, but with that happening to me, it was just an even bigger testament to me as to how true the gospel is and how lucky we are to have the temple. I love the feeling of going to the temple.

*Liese said...

Pretty sure I'm jealous of this experience. HOW COOL!

Kristen Moss said...

Very interesting. This seems so you to do something like this.

I LVOE LOVE LOVE LOVE this last picture of you two, you seem so in love. Wonderful!

Lissa said...

Joe and I went too. I had the same thoughts as Aaron...
We didn't take our camera though, so thanks for taking yours.

MH said...

I have always wondered about that temple as well! Thanks for the mini tour!

Jason and Angela said...

That's cool that you got to do that! How interesting :) You guys are so cute!! I like that your camera captured the snow in those last pictures... looks chilly!!