Joseph Smith Memorial Building: Thanks for the memories

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  • nautilus Home town, UT
    March 30, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    The Church is First Class. Anything is done with such care and is an example of our culture, always. We balance that with much humanitarian service and sending aid to those who need basics, for hygiene, school kits for children who need them, or a nice soft quilt in times of disasters, etc. We are doing our missionary work in so many subtle ways if you think about it.

    The Joseph Smith Building honors our beloved Prophet whom it is names after. That was the best decision made when it was named. I love it when going up to the top floor and looking to the west and see the Salt Lake Temple next to it with its six spires and beauty of the Temple Square. How can anyone see any of what is there and not be moved or touched by its miraculous history and beauty.

    Temple Square this time of year is the best with all the Spring flowers and the hard work ethic that is demonstrated on the grounds care.


  • SoCaLMtnCougar Blue Jay, CA
    March 29, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    April Conference 1963 I was in the Hotel Utah between sessions. The San Francisco Giants were playing a spring baseball game in SLC that day. Imagine my geat surprise as I met, in the lobby, Willie Mays, Willie Mc Covey and Orlando Cepeda. Willie Mays was my hero and he was very gracious and spent time talking to me, an 18 year old kid. What a memory.

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    In 1971 we had our wedding breakfast there, and in 2000, our son and bride had his in the same room. A beautiful place for families to create cherished memories. So grateful that the LDS church did such a beautiful job restoring it, and keeping it available for visitors and future generations.

  • Joe Bauman Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    I have a hunch the photo shows Gen. Pershing of WWI fame. Interesting story.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    2 bits - I swear it's there. I've smelled it. Many times. I can't remember exactly which hallway but that's what's so great about it is there's no pool, but you can smell it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    SLC gal | 12:01 p.m.

    What whiff of pool clorine? I've never noticed it? Is there some abominable secret lurking in the MSM Building only you know about?

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2011 12:01 p.m.

    I saw "Legacy" a zillion times, and while I have yet to see the new JSM movie there (guess it's not "new" anymore, but it will be to me when I finally get to see it), one thing I always enjoyed was the whiff of pool chlorine as you're making your way to the theater.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    The Hotel_Utah closed in 1987... but it was bought and preserved for the city by the LDS church which now uses parts of it for offices, but much of the common areas of the building have been preserved and kept open to the Public (something I much appreciate). If the LDS Church had not found a use for it and purchased it... it would have been demolished and we would have a more modern and economically efficient building occupying that important corner in SLC.

    I was sitting in the building a few weeks ago, escaping the cold between a wedding and the wedding_breakfast to be held in the JSM Building. As a connoisseur of architecture as art... It was nice to be able to sit in the room and look at the stained_glass_windows and the antique_chandeliers and the beautiful columns and ornate wood carvings while welcoming and comforting music was provided by a volunteer pianist.

    I'm glad the Hotel_Utah_Building was preserved. Even if the trade-off was that part of it had to be used for business purposes to do it. It's still open to the public and is a should_not_miss for any visitor to SLC.