The Oquirrh Mountain Temple began life with a bang. During the public open house of the temple, on June 13, 2009, lightning struck the statue of the Angel Moroni, leaving parts of the statue blackened. A replacement statue was quickly commissioned and installed just two months later, a week and a half before the dedicatory services would begin. This temple was the fourth built in the Salt Lake Valley. Dedicated in the same year as the Draper Temple, the two were added to help alleviate the strain on the Jordan River Temple, one of the busiest temples in the church. In fact, the Oquirrh Mountain Temple was the first temple to be built in a city that already had a temple, as both it and the Jordan River Temple have addresses in South Jordan, Utah.
The dedication ceremonies were spread over three days to accommodate the thousands of members who wanted to attend a dedicatory service. The first sessions were on August 21, President Monson's 82nd birthday. Church services were even canceled in Utah on August 23, 2009, so that hundreds of thousands more could watch the services streamed live into meetinghouses around the state. It was a powerful message of the importance of temples, one that many members of the church will remember for a long time. The building sits on a bluff, easily visible from many parts of the Salt Lake Valley, including from as far away as Point of the Mountain, at the extreme south end of the valley. The members living in the surrounding area celebrated the new temple, with a primary from a nearby ward raising money to construct a special bench next to their ward building that faces the temple so members can sit and enjoy the majestic structure.
Once you've enjoyed the beauty of the temple, you can continue your fun at the Utah Olympic Oval, whether you are a master ice skater or a novice. Or go take a look at one of the largest mines in the world, the Bingham Copper Mine. Or if you are feeling like relaxing a bit more, stay in the Daybreak community and visit one of their many parks, or take a stroll around Oquirrh Lake.
Once you've built up an appetite, you can satiate it at the fresh and tasty Cafe Zupas. Or perhaps you feel a bit more exotic, you could try Tepanyaki Japanese Steakhouse or Thai Basil, for a taste of the east. Or indulge yourself in the tastes of America, with the Longhorn Steakhouse, or a quick bite at the old classic, In-N-Out Burger.