You immediately get a feel for how big our nation is and how diverse it is when you go somewhere that is so unlike where you live. It's difficult to realize that this is a part of our country, too, if all you're used to seeing is rolling hills and pine trees or flat Delta land. But it takes no special permits or passports to go where exposed solid rock is the rule, not the exception, like it is back home.
We started our journey to the canyons out west from Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or more commonly known as the Mormons. And if the only contact you've had with Mormons are the young missionaries who drop by your house from time to time, you may be surprised that I didn't see anybody in Salt Lake City wearing a white shirt with a black tie. That's not to say the church doesn't exercise a great deal of influence over the city and the whole state for that matter, but it's not a religious enclave by any means. Matter of fact, we were told that in the city itself, the population isn't but about 20% Mormon. Proportionally, we have way more Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterians here.
The heart of the Mormon Church is in Salt Lake City at Temple Square. The Mormon temple is on the east side of the square. Construction started in the mid 1800's and it took 40 years to finish it. Behind the temple to the west is the better known Mormon Tabernacle. It was built in the 1860s and is the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We, and about 7,000 other folks from around the world dropped in for the regular weekly broadcast of the choir's live radio and TV program the Sunday we were there. I was amazed that they allow flash pictures and even video recording of the rehearsal of the performance.
To the south of Temple Square in downtown is the open-air Town Creek Mall. It fills with shoppers and people milling around and tourists all day and into the evening with musicians playing on the street corners and in front of stores and children playing in the fountain.
The Wasatch Mountains loom up to the east of Salt Lake City. We would later in the day pass through the Wasatch, some 50 miles to the south at Provo, on the way to our next stop and our first look at the sandstone arches at Moab. And then we returned to Salt Lake City 10 days later to catch our return flights home. And a little later, we'll do another story from there. But we have many miles to go first.
Monday, May 20 2013 4:08 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:08:33 GMT
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard. According to Officer Colendula Green with JPD, officers haveMore >>
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
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Monday, May 20 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:17:56 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears a disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Monday, May 20 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:02:26 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
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Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:43:49 GMT
The Alabama man charged in the 2010 murder of a Clinton woman is on trial this week in Hinds county. James Hutto is charged with capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Ethel Simpson. ProsecutorsMore >>
The Alabama man charged in the 2010 murder of a Clinton woman is on trial this week in Hinds county. James Hutto is charged with capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Ethel Simpson.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:35:37 GMT
Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's younger brother continued Sunday. ColumbusMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's older brother continued Sunday.More >>
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