SANDY, UT – Utah photographer Jason Carlton is setting out on a statewide road trip this Friday to visit and photograph all 16 Utah temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The more than 1200-mile road trip will begin Friday, May 16, 2014, in Sandy, Utah, and end the following night in Logan, Utah, at 11 pm. People can follow the adventure on Twitter and Instagram (handle: @TempleTestimony) for updates, photos and testimonies shared along the way.
“I’ve enjoyed photographing many of the LDS temples throughout Utah, but the idea of visiting all of them in a little more than a day-and-a-half sounded like a fun adventure,” said Carlton. “Plus, it’s an opportunity for me to launch an online project I’ve been thinking about doing for a few months now – Temples and Testimonies.”
Photographing all 16 LDS temples in Utah in 38 hours requires a tight schedule, leaving anywhere from 15-30 minutes to photograph each temple. Carlton has also recruited his younger brother, Christopher, to help with the driving and serve as Chief Quadcopter Pilot. The route and schedule stretches across Utah, including short jaunts into Arizona and Colorado.
- Payson Utah Temple (Under construction) – 3:45 p.m.
- Manti Utah Temple – 5:15 p.m.
- St. George Utah Temple – 9:00 p.m.
- Monticello Utah Temple – 6:00 a.m. (Saturday)
- Vernal Utah Temple – 11:30 a.m.
- Provo Utah Temple – 3:00 p.m.
- Provo City Center Temple (Under construction) – 4:00 p.m.
- Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple – 4:30 p.m.
- Draper Utah Temple – 5:10 p.m.
- Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple – 5:45 p.m.
- Jordan River Utah Temple – 6:15 p.m.
- Salt Lake Temple – 7:00 p.m.
- Bountiful Utah Temple – 7:35 p.m.
- Ogden Utah Temple (Under construction) – 8:20 p.m.
- Brigham City Utah Temple – 9:10 p.m.
- Logan Utah Temple – 10:15 p.m.
The road trip will launch an online project to collect testimonies from members of the LDS Church and add them to a page on Carlton’s blog, Temples and Testimonies, in an effort to encourage members to share their beliefs, grow their own testimony and find strength from others’ testimonies about Jesus Christ, prayer, the Book of Mormon, temples, fasting, and more.
“I have enjoyed photography since I was a teenager, but I’ve never really gotten behind a specific photography project,” said Carlton. “I’m looking forward to this trip as a launching point, and will always be looking for opportunities to photograph LDS temples across the globe, whenever my schedule (and wallet) allow.”
Check out the collection of testimonies and get the details on how to submit your own testimony to Temples and Testimonies. People are also invited to view previous photos Carlton has captured of LDS Temples.