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Consul General of Canada Visits Historic Temple Square

Consul General of Canada Marcy Grossman recently toured one of the most popular tourist destinations in Utah and world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on 20 January 2013.The consul general combined a trip conducting business trade relations and visited selected Church venues.

A tour of Temple Square and the Conference Center was arranged for Grossman by Church hosts Steven and Marjorie Bennion and David B. Smith of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Denver, Colorado.

Grossman was given a private tour by Sister Amélie Labbé and Sister Richardson, full time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ms. Grossman is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa and was born in Montreal, Quebec, so she was especially pleased to be guided by Labbé, who is also from Montreal.

Bennion reported, “She was impressed with the Tabernacle and the amazing acoustics in that building. Since she is Jewish and has visited Israel several times, she seemed also to be impressed with the Jerusalem City model located in the North Visitors’ Center.”

Grossman was told of the heroic efforts made in building the Salt Lake Temple and was pleased to learn that there are now eight dedicated temples, 47 organized stakes and over 185,000 members of the Church in Canada.

As she toured the 21,000-seat Conference Center, Grossman marvelled at the size and the fact that there are no obstructions blocking the view of anyone seated in the facility. The Conference Center is used for the Church’s general conferences and is one of the largest auditoriums in the world.

The consul general presented the Church with the pictorial book Grand Landscapes of Canada by J.A. Kraulis as a token of her appreciation.

Grossman joined the Consulate General of Canada in Denver in June 2012. She oversees a team who works to strengthen trade and economic ties; to enhance political, academic and cultural links; and to assist Canadians visiting or living in the four-state Rocky Mountain region.

Free tours of Temple Square are available in 30 languages by native-speaking guides. The 35-acre area draws millions of visitors from all over the world because of its renowned research libraries, cultural activities and historic buildings. Travellers who have layovers of more than two hours at the Salt Lake International Airport can board a free shuttle to Temple Square and take a tour while they are waiting for their flights.



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