LDS Church Builds Replica Of Jerusalem In Utah Desert

jeruThe biblical-era city of Jerusalem has been rebuilt in the middle Utah, courtesy of the Mormon Church. “Jerusalem West” (as I call it) will be used for movies, educational tours and pilgrimages, and, presumably, as a crash pad when Jesus eventually returns to Earth. The Salt Lake Tribune writes:

He’ll turn water into wine. He’ll heal a lame man at the pool of Bethesda. And he — the actor slated to play Jesus Christ — will do it all in rural Utah.

A thick, gnarled fake olive tree, for Jesus to pray beside, sits at the end of a pathway in the replicated Garden of Gethsemane. Large, faux stone walls line a maze of city streets, crafted to look rough and weather-beaten. A dozen heavy steps lead up to Solomon’s Porch outside the Temple complex, which will be filled with 30-foot-high columns mimicking the actual 100-foot ones that stood in the ancient city.

After months of construction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin filming 55 educational vignettes about Jesus’ life next week on a new movie set modeled mainly after biblical Jerusalem. The set — roughly a football-field-by-a-football-field in size near Goshen, south of Utah Lake — has been painstakingly erected by hundreds of workers in hope of bringing the holy city to life.

Producers expect the set to last for decades and be used for future church projects as well. To achieve a lasting realism, creators consulted experts at Brigham Young University.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Do they know that there is no concrete proof that Jesus ever actually existed? And that some evidence points to the likelihood that He was actually just a literary construct.

    Also, seriously, go live in Jerusalem if you love your Abrahamic god so much, we don’t need your kind in north america. Or south america, or Europe, or Africa or Asia.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Nguyen/1396673690 Paul Nguyen

      Actually they do have proof. The Romans recorded all their citizens.

      • Anarchy Pony

        You have little to no evidence that such records are legitimate, given the Christianization of Rome in the 3rd century under Constantine. A man who only embraced Christianity as a political ploy.

      • Wepwep

        They don’t have concrete evidence.

      • SF2K01

        And yet no mention of any Jesus in his time in any records public or private, neither birth nor execution, no record of trips by Pontius Pilate to free condemned criminals etc. There aren’t any records of him till way after he supposedly died and even then they’re so warped with bias there likely never was any truth behind the events, it’s just a story. So no, they don’t have any proof.

        • Simiantongue

          Not that I care about the existence of Jesus or not, but I am very interested in the Dead sea scrolls I’ve read as much about them as can find. Scholarly books not Christian websites. Those scrolls are from a time period of a few hundred years before Christ to about 70 to 100 yeas after. From the very area and the people that would become Christianity. Yet in those scrolls there is not one mention of Jesus. Not one. Believe me if there were Christians today would be waving it in the air. The Catholic church for instance. There is some things in the scrolls about wandering preachers, quite a few, if you combine what these people had to say you could come up with quite a bit of what the new testament says Jesus said. These scrolls were the accumulated knowledge of these people of that very time period. Like the veritable news headlines of the day. Yet they make no mention of Jesus also if you read anything about them you find that they are actually very problematical concerning the new testament. There are all the old testament books in the scrolls though. From what I’ve read it’s not been changed that much either. But no Jesus, strange that.

  • Hadrian999

    with all the trouble one causes why in the world do we need two

  • Wanooski

    Do they know that there is no concrete proof that Jesus ever actually existed? And that some evidence points to the likelihood that He was actually just a literary construct.

    Also, seriously, go live in Jerusalem if you love your Abrahamic god so much, we don’t need your kind in north america. Or south america, or Europe, or Africa or Asia.

  • Hadrian999

    with a the trouble one causes why in the world do we need two

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Nguyen/1396673690 Paul Nguyen

    Actually they do have proof. The Romans recorded all their citizens.

  • Wanooski

    You have little to no evidence that such records are legitimate, given the Christianization of Rome in the 3rd century under Constantine. A man who only embraced Christianity as a political ploy.

  • Wepwep

    They don’t have concrete evidence.

  • respect cult

    obviously they seem to be confident they will profit from these educational movies. They should turn it into a religious skate park.

  • IrishPotatoGun

    Not just a literary construct, some believe Jesus to be a description of what it is like to trip on mushrooms.  Google “the sacred mushroom and the cross”.

  • respect cult

    obviously they seem to be confident they will profit from these educational movies. They should turn it into a religious skate park.

  • IrishPotatoGun

    Not just a literary construct, some believe Jesus to be a description of what it is like to trip on mushrooms.  Google “the sacred mushroom and the cross”.

  • Rex Vestri

    I bet they add in some animatronic dinosaurs next

  • Rex Vestri

    I bet they add some animatronic dinosaurs in next

  • Gregg Weber

    Not quite the same as asking proof that the universe didn’t pop into existance five minutes ago. There is at least some evidence that He existed. I would imagine that there was just as much evidence 250 years after His birth as the birth and life of George Washington now. Correction: they didn’t have printing presses back then so there was probably less the George.

  • Gregg Weber

    Oops! Duplicate but I can’t find the delete button.

  • Gregg Weber

    Not quite the same as asking proof that the universe didn’t pop into existance five minutes ago. There is at least some evidence that He existed. I would imagine that there was just as much evidence 250 years after His birth as the birth and life of George Washington now. Correction: they didn’t have printing presses back then so there was probably less the George.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Right after this project they are gonna rebuild OZ and several of the prehistoric cities from their Book of Mormon.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Right after this project they are gonna rebuild OZ and several of the prehistoric cities from their Book of Mormon.

  • StillAtMyMoms

    This is an attraction; therefore a business venture.  Strip their 501 tax exempt status immediately and charge the hell out of these dumb asses.  This ultimately proves religion is a business based on a false prophet. 

    What’s next?  The Scientology planetarium?  (They more than likely already have it.)

    Rapidly going down the drain….  What can you do about it without the risk of being slaughtered by a radical fundie?  I guess I’ll just resort to bitching about it on a comment forum and mock humanity’s incompetence like a good ol’ cynic.

    • SF2K01

      Being a religion and charging money for something isn’t contradictory. They’re building a (non-historically accurate) replica of Jerusalem for helping with building faith. If they’re charging money, well the world works on money. If you’re planning on letting them build things for free so they don’t have to charge, well you’d be crazier than them.

      Also no worries of “radical” Mormons killing you. Radical Mormons just like to marry as many wives as possible. I’m fine with that much more than if they would go around chopping people’s heads off.

    • Keith

      If it’s an attraction why is it on private property not open to the public.  How does this prove religion is a business?  No one is paying for the movies.  The vignettes are short parables for educational use and NOT for commercial sale.  StillatMoms it’s obvious that you are the dumb ass.  Part of me feels sorry for you that you have to find the bad in everything, especially something that is being done not for money, but for educational purposes.  What a negative and unfulfilled life you must have.  Try looking for good, it’s not that hard.  And then you’ll actually have friends and not have to sit on the internet mocking humanity’s like a cynic.  You’d have friends to spend time with and wouldn’t have to resort to a negative, unfulfilling life.

  • StillAtMyMoms

    This is an attraction; therefore a business venture.  Strip their 501 tax exempt status immediately and charge the hell out of these dumb asses.  This ultimately proves religion is a business based on a false prophet. 

    What’s next?  The Scientology planetarium?  (They more than likely already have it.)

    Rapidly going down the drain….  What can you do about it without the risk of being slaughtered by a radical fundie?  I guess I’ll just resort to bitching about it on a comment forum and mock humanity’s incompetence like a good ol’ cynic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.braithwaite Tyler Braithwaite

    Sounds like a movie set in the article and people looking for conspiracy theories in the comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.braithwaite Tyler Braithwaite

    Sounds like a movie set in the article and people looking for conspiracy theories in the comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586412102 Вы Джейсон

    mormons are awesome, I hope they do a live action version of their 50’s(?) cartoon in which blacks are evil but God will turn them white if their belief is strong enough

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586412102 Вы Джейсон

    mormons are awesome, I hope they do a live action version of their 50’s(?) cartoon in which blacks are evil but God will turn them white if their belief is strong enough

  • Jouhn33

    What a bunch of useless eaters.

  • Jouhn33

    What a bunch of useless eaters.

  • Anonymous

    And yet no mention of any Jesus in his time in any records public or private, neither birth nor execution, no record of trips by Pontius Pilate to free condemned criminals etc. There aren’t any records of him till way after he supposedly died and even then they’re so warped with bias there likely never was any truth behind the events, it’s just a story. So no, they don’t have any proof.

  • Anonymous

    Being a religion and charging money for something isn’t contradictory. They’re building a (non-historically accurate) replica of Jerusalem for helping with building faith. If they’re charging money, well the world works on money. If you’re planning on letting them build things for free so they don’t have to charge, well you’d be crazier than them.

    Also no worries of “radical” Mormons killing you. Radical Mormons just like to marry as many wives as possible. I’m fine with that much more than if they would go around chopping people’s heads off.

  • Simiantongue

    Not that I care about the existence of Jesus or not, but I am very interested in the Dead sea scrolls I’ve read as much about them as can find. Scholarly books not Christian websites. Those scrolls are from a time period of a few hundred years before Christ to about 70 to 100 yeas after. From the very area and the people that would become Christianity. Yet in those scrolls there is not one mention of Jesus. Not one. Believe me if there were Christians today would be waving it in the air. The Catholic church for instance. There is some things in the scrolls about wandering preachers, quite a few, if you combine what these people had to say you could come up with quite a bit of what the new testament says Jesus said. These scrolls were the accumulated knowledge of these people of that very time period. Like the veritable news headlines of the day. Yet they make no mention of Jesus also if you read anything about them you find that they are actually very problematical concerning the new testament. There are all the old testament books in the scrolls though. From what I’ve read it’s not been changed that much either. But no Jesus, strange that.

  • Dmitry

    They could have taken the money they used to build this nonsense and used it to feed the legitimate unfortunates in their own state.  Apparently belief conversion is far more important and misplaced money is the root of massive stupidity.

  • Dmitry

    They could have taken the money they used to build this nonsense and used it to feed the legitimate unfortunates in their own state.  Apparently belief conversion is far more important and misplaced money is the root of massive stupidity.

  • Keith

    If it’s an attraction why is it on private property not open to the public.  How does this prove religion is a business?  No one is paying for the movies.  The vignettes are short parables for educational use and NOT for commercial sale.  StillatMoms it’s obvious that you are the dumb ass.  Part of me feels sorry for you that you have to find the bad in everything, especially something that is being done not for money, but for educational purposes.  What a negative and unfulfilled life you must have.  Try looking for good, it’s not that hard.  And then you’ll actually have friends and not have to sit on the internet mocking humanity’s like a cynic.  You’d have friends to spend time with and wouldn’t have to resort to a negative, unfulfilling life.

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