Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Tale of Two Cities

Photo taken from Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City,Utah on August 10, 2010
Photo taken on May 18, 2009 from Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois
With the exception of my mission, I have only lived in two states, Utah and Illinois. I have been fortunate to live in the suburbs of each state's major city.. Salt Lake City and Chicago. Both cities have a prominent landmark building. Chicago has the tallest building in the United States, formerly called the Sears Tower, and now called the Willis Tower (the black building seen in the above photo). The most recognized/prominent building in Salt Lake City is the LDS Temple.
While the Willis building towers 108 stories above in the sky, and can been from miles away... The Salt Lake Temple is more difficult to see now with the high rise buildings being constructed around the temple block. While possibly blocked from visibility from areas in the city, the temple is visible and is a prominent place for those on the other side of the veil.
As a sidenote: Illinois and Utah are significant states in LDS church history.
Illinois is the final resting place for the prophet Joseph Smith.
Utah the state where Brigham Young came for the continuation of the Church that Joseph Smith restored.
It would be interesting to hear what both Joseph and Brigham (whose primary goal was to build Zion in their day) would say about these two modern cities. Are we any closer now than we were then to building Zion?

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