Liston, Garth R.
The Geographical Analysis of Mormon Temple Sites in Utah
Brigham Young University
The first eight temple sites in Utah were studied to determine important geographical characteristics of each, and to test the hypothesis that Mormon temple sites conform to definitions of sacred space. President Brigham Young of the Church greatly influenced the selection of the first four temple sites, and the construction of each until his death in 1877. Claimed revelation from God to Young and other leaders and members of the Church, was evident concerning the temple sites. The later four temple sites of the twentieth century were approved by the First Presidency of the Church, but local Church leaders and members were involved more in the site selection and construction process than nineteenth century temple sites.
The hypothesis was proven correct, by comparing sacred space definitions of various authors, with teachings and practices of the Church concerning its temple sites. In all comparisons, Mormon temple sites met the stated criteria of sacred space.
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