Monticello Utah Temple

In October 2008 I visited all thirteen Utah temples. It was then that almost all of the photographs were taken that appear in this series of posts. To download a photograph click on the image to obtain the full resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels with a file size of 3 to 4Mb.

The Monticello temple was the eleventh temple built in Utah

The Monticello temple was the eleventh temple built in Utah

The temple was constructed in just eight months

Originally there was a white angel Moroni statue that "disappeared" on cloudy days

Monticello Utah Temple Facts

Announced: 4 October 1997
Site: 1.33 acres.
Exterior finish: White marble.
Temple design: Classic modern.
Rooms: Baptistry, celestial room, two endowment rooms, two sealing rooms.
Total floor area: 11,225 square feet.
Dimensions: 79 feet by 108 feet; 66 feet high to statue of angel Moroni.
Groundbreaking, site dedication: 17 Nov 1997, by Elder Ben B. Banks of the Seventy.
Dedication: 26-27 July 1998, by President Gordon B. Hinckley; rededicated 17 November 2002 by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

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The temple was constructed in just eight months

Monticello Utah Temple Impressions

I have never visited the Monticello temple. Half way through the session we relocated to a terrestrial room. The celestial room was smaller than the one at Vernal but still very beautiful and peaceful. A temple worker showed us one of the sealing rooms. It was about the same size as the Bountiful sealing rooms that I have attended for weddings. She said there was another sealing room and just one endowment room if you don’t count the terrestrial room.

The temple has few buildings around it and a local told us that a herd of deer will sometimes come through on the land across the street from the temple. This was a very friendly temple with the temple workers shaking our hands, asking where we were from, and insisting that we come back again.

Originally 7,000 square feet, the temple was once the smallest in the Church

Originally 7,000 square feet, the temple was once the smallest in the Church

Later added was a second ordinance room, second sealing room, entrance canopy, waiting room, laundry and additional offices

Added later: a second ordinance room, second sealing room, entrance canopy, waiting room, laundry and additional offices

Other Utah Temples

Bountiful Utah Temple
Draper Utah Temple
Jordan River Utah Temple
Logan Utah Temple
Manti Utah Temple
Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple
Ogden Utah Temple
Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple
Provo Utah Temple
Saint George Utah Temple
Salt Lake Utah Temple
Vernal Utah Temple
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Days Inn Makes My Day

Today I read about Logitech replacing an out of warranty remote for free. This Logitech remote was purchased from an Amazon reseller and the buyer had no warranty of any kind. When it broke Logitech was contacted and they replaced it for free.
Days Inn.

Reservation Mix Up

This story reminded me of a recent experience I had with Days Inn. Regular readers will recall my Utah Temples Tour that required an overnight stay in Monticello. On October 5 I booked two rooms for five people at the Days Inn in Monticello for the night of October 15. The evening before our departure I printed my confirmation email and noticed the following:

Thank you. Your room reservation has been confirmed. A confirmation has also been sent to rickety@youbigdope.com. If you need to cancel, you must do so by 6:00 PM local hotel time on October 8, 2008 or your credit card will be charged for one night’s stay.

October 8! I had booked for the Wednesday prior to October 15. I checked my bank account and saw that I hadn’t been charged yet for the $147.52. I booked two rooms at the Best Western Wayside Motor Inn in Monticello. I didn’t want to risk making reservations with Days Inn again in case they figured I would be a no show once more.

Happy Ending

Arriving home from my trip I checked my bank account and found that there was still no charge. I always thought the charge was automatic if you failed to show up. I have had many pleasant stays at Days Inn and I get a discount as a federal employee. This incident has left me with an even more favorable view of Days Inn. Is this common practice to forgive the charges for a no show or was Days Inn just giving exceptional service? One thing is for sure, next time I will have my wife make the reservations.
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