Salt Lake City

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“This is the right place,” Brigham Young said in 1847 when he and a small band of MormonThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... pioneers arrived at the edge of the Great Salt Lake. After three failed attempts to establish a religious community, the Latter Day SaintsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... founded Salt Lake City as a “New Zion.” Here, they would finally be free to practice their faith, free of the violent harrassment they endured in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Although slightly more than half of Salt Lake City’s nearly 1.1 million people identify as Mormon today, the ChurchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... continues to take steps to ensure that this emphasis on religious freedom is not lost. With Salt Lake City’s increasingly diverse religious landscape, this charge is becoming all the more important—and complex.

Once a persecuted religious minority, MormonsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... quickly became the majority in the Utah territory. Construction of the Salt Lake TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... began in 1853. Today, Temple Square occupies thirty-five acres in downtown Salt Lake and is home to the headquarters of the LDSThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... Church. Other important historical sites within the Mormon tradition are nearby, such as the LDS History Museum, the Family Tree Center, JosephIn the Christian tradition, Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus and husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Smith Memorial Building, Brigham Young’s house, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Utah is located at the confluence of the Basin and Range, the Rocky Mountains, and the Colorado Plateau; here, water, desert, and mountains meet. The region has been—and continues to be—a confluence of different groups from around the world. Japanese immigrants began arriving in Utah in 1899 to work the railroads, mines, and farms. Greek OrthodoxIn general, orthodox means having a “correct opinion or outlook” and is a term used by people in many religions who claim authority for traditional views and forms of their religion. and Italian Catholic immigrants have a long history in the region for similar reasons. The Japanese community established a Jodo ShinshuThe Jodo Shinshu or True Pure Land school of Buddhism was founded by the Japanese monk Shinran Shonin in the 12th century. This tradition regards chanting the name of Amida Buddha as the most appropriate form of practice in the current degenerate age. Tod... Buddhist congregation in 1912, now known as the Salt Lake Buddhist TempleBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra.... Today, BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... is the largest minority faith present in Salt Lake City, with nearly twenty centers. The Japanese Buddhist community recently celebrated 100 years of Buddhist life in the heartland of MormonismThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... with a “Walking the Path of Enlightenment” event.

The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake was founded in the 1980s as the first Islamic organization in the state. The founding of MasjidMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... Al-Noor, the city’s first mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... followed, although the Muslim community quickly outgrew the old church building that housed their first meetings. Today, there are several mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... and the Muslim community in Salt Lake City continues to grow, its numbers bolstered by refugees from Bosnia, Somalia, and the Middle East.

Two Hindu templesA Hindu temple will be called a mandir in northern parts of India or a koyil in the south. There are many styles of temples and temple-complexes, but most temples are laid out according to precise dimensions and proportions and erected to be the symbolic ... serve the Greater Salt Lake community, in addition to the Indian Cultural Center of Utah which hosts annual dance, art, and music events. In 2001, the Church of JesusJesus is the historical figure considered by Christians to be the Christ, the Messiah, whose life and teachings, death and resurrection give clear evidence of God’s love for humankind. Jesus was born shortly before the death of Herod the Great (d. 4 BCE... Christ of Latter Day SaintsSaints are human beings whose lives have displayed extraordinary holiness and devotion. As such they become examples for others. Indeed some of the faithful may understand them to be intermediaries and seek their help in time of need. Roman Catholics and ... donated $25,000 and volunteer labor to help build the Sri GaneshaGanesha is the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati and the keeper of the thresholds of space and time, to be honored at the doorway and at the outset of any venture. He is both the “lord of beginnings” and the “remover of obstacles.” Hindu Temple of Utah in South Jordan. Today, Sri Ganesha is thriving and regularly serves more than 250 families.

This gesture of goodwill and friendship from the LDS ChurchThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... to the Hindu community was seen by many as a positive move, especially since relations between the Church and other faith groups in Salt Lake City can be contentious. Members of the LDS Church have reported feeling attacked for their faith while outsiders have reported feeling ostracized. When the City of Salt Lake sold part of Main Street to the Church, which then instituted speech and behavior restrictions, First Unitariana belief in one God that rejects the three persons of the Trinity that has much in common with the belief in the early Christian church about the superiority of God over Jesus and the Anti-Trinitarian writing that emerged during the Protestant Reformation... Church sued, seeking to preserve freedom of speech on the plaza. Some groups in Salt Lake City also see themselves as uniquely positioned to offer former Mormons a new community to call their own. Specific programming for this population currently exists within the Unitarian Universalist, Bahá’í, AtheistMultivalent terms that often are used to describe people (or their worldview) who reject the practices, dogma, and creeds of established religious traditions. Some people, on the other hand, may identify as Humanist and also consider this either a belief ..., and PaganThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga... communities.

Since the Winter Olympics in 2002, Temple Square has hosted an annual Interfaith Music Tribute presented by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, one of several interfaith initiatives in the city. As Olympic athletes poured into Salt Lake from around the world, they were greeted by a city already global. Since then, residents have continued to work together so that Salt Lake City is the “right place” for promoting the spirit of the games—“love, harmony, and understanding”—for years to come.