I started college in the small town of Ephraim, Utah. Snow College was so much fun, and I loved being in the very rural environment of San Pete County, Utah. Looking south from town, I could see the beautiful Manti Temple in the distance. The Manti Temple is one of the first temples that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built in Utah. It was built by the mormon pioneers who settled this high mountain valley, carved from the mountain by hand. There is a lot of interesting folklore behind the placement of the temple.
Mormon temples are sacred. We consider them to be the house of the Lord on earth. Just like ancient Israel, we build the temples with the best materials we can find, fitting to the sacredness we hold the site. We perform ordinances in the temple to help families be together, even after death. Temples are open to everyone for a few weeks before they are dedicated, and then are only open to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who are living up to high standards.