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I'll add more information as I have the time (a little swamped at the moment), but here's a few stats to help you get a feel for the magnitude of the undertaking for me. I still can't believe I had the guts to start it! :-) Here are some interesting facts about the construction of this LEGO replica: Height - over 3 feet Length - approx 36", Width - approx 30", # of LEGO pieces used - 20,714, # of hours worked on it - 210 (incl planning), Length of time span worked - 5 years, Approx cost to build - $2,200 (bricks, cloth, board, wiring, LEDs, train transformer).
About this creation
FRONT VIEW

NORTH SIDE VIEW

REAR VIEW

TOP VIEW

VIEW OF TOWER DECOR

VIEW OF ROOF DETAIL

FRONT VIEW - DOORWAY DETAIL

FRONT VIEW - LOOKING UP AT CENTRAL TOWER



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 I like it 
  June 20, 2014
This is a beautiful creation! Wow! I am speechless. You are very talented and very patient, obviously :-) I would love to have a model like this sitting in our living room!
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  April 19, 2014
AMAZING! SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK! SO IMPRESSED!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING♥
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  December 30, 2013
I did submit all of my mini designs to the CUUSOO project, thinking that it would be a sure thing to get at least one of them "sold" to LEGO. I got an email back from them a few days later, explaining that LEGO has a policy of not producing kits that are religious, militaristic, or violent in any way. So I guess Russian cathedrals, Star Wars warships, alien ships, knights, superheroes, and so forth somehow fall outside those guidelines. So for now, no LDS temple kits. Drats.
Quoting Jesse Stay Have you considered submitting a project to LEGO's Cuusoo (cuusoo.lego.com) to get votes and be considered for a real project? Also, I'd love a design for the larger temple if you ever get time to put one together. I'd pay for something like that, including pieces you need to order.
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  December 30, 2013
I just finished building another copy of the mini SLC Temple, and I think I paid around $50 for the pieces, all total. I hope that helps.
Quoting RA Cook To encourage Faith in God participation next year in our Primary, we want to have a "FIG builds strong families" theme. I was going to just do a paper picture of the temple that they could add "blocks" to every time they completed an activity, but building a lego temple would be so much cooler. And would appeal to the gazillion 8-12 yr old boys we have. I see that you have the instructions for the mini SLC one available. Can you give me an idea of what it costs to build one, so I can see how feasible it would be? Thanks so much.
 I like it 
  December 30, 2013
Have you considered submitting a project to LEGO's Cuusoo (cuusoo.lego.com) to get votes and be considered for a real project? Also, I'd love a design for the larger temple if you ever get time to put one together. I'd pay for something like that, including pieces you need to order.
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  November 14, 2013
To encourage Faith in God participation next year in our Primary, we want to have a "FIG builds strong families" theme. I was going to just do a paper picture of the temple that they could add "blocks" to every time they completed an activity, but building a lego temple would be so much cooler. And would appeal to the gazillion 8-12 yr old boys we have. I see that you have the instructions for the mini SLC one available. Can you give me an idea of what it costs to build one, so I can see how feasible it would be? Thanks so much.
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  March 19, 2013
This is incredible. You've inspired us to build our own. But, ours will be much smaller scale. What a fun activity to do with your family on Sunday afternoons. Thanks for sharing.
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  February 11, 2013
I think I hear the choir singing! :)
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  February 11, 2013
Impressive structure!
 I made it 
  November 10, 2012
Than you for your comments and kind words, Jonathan - feel free to use my LEGO replicas as a frame of reference for yor own projects. I used www.bricklink.com for 99.9% of my LEGO orders. And as for close-ups, send me your email address and I'll send you a few other photos. Sadly, I accidentally erased 98% of my photos for the giant SLC temple when I switched PC's last year. Deleted everything off the HD and then realized I had saved the folder of LEGO snapshots for the very end and just forgot them when formatting. Dumb. My family emailed back what few photos they still had of it while being built, etc. My email address is johnsonfambly@yahoo.com.
  October 28, 2012
Hey Andrew, I've wanted to do a Lego SLC Temple forever and about a year ago I saw your pictures and am impressed. I just started my temple and was hoping (if you don't mind) to use some of the ideas from yours to help with mine. Do you have any more really close-up pictures of the brick-work, work-in-progress pics, or any pointers on the architecture? Favorite brick-link stores? Any help would be great, this project is a little overwhelming and pretty exciting!
 I made it 
  October 10, 2012
Quoting Wesley Casper How did you make the Moroni??? We're doing a temple building activity for the girls next month with legos... and I've been trying to figure out how to get them a moroni they can take home. Thx.
Hello, and thanks for the email! I simply bought all-yellow parts for a typical LEGOland figure (head, torso, pants, and hands), then added a yellow "antenna" for him to hold as a trumpet. I would go to www.bricklink.com and hunt for such parts from the various independent vendors that sell LEGO pieces online (very similar to amazon.com in the feel of the site). Worst-case scenario, just lightly sand any LEGO figure with extra-fine sandpaper and spray gold paint on (flat). Depends on your time and available finances. Each figure shouldnt run you more than $1.50 before S&H. If you're lucky some of the vendors will have multiple "body parts" to sell, so you can maximize what you pay for S&H. Good luck, and have fun! :-)
  October 9, 2012
How did you make the Moroni??? We're doing a temple building activity for the girls next month with legos... and I've been trying to figure out how to get them a moroni they can take home. Thx.
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  April 30, 2012
That is an amazing replica. Of course, since they did that big cleaning of the exterior, the color is slightly off, but it is still beautiful.
 I made it 
  February 19, 2012
Quoting Christy T We'd love to buy instructions to something like this, especially in a smaller scale. Our two boys love legos, and this would be a great Sunday family project! Great work!
Thanks for waiting on this. I just finished the instructions for the mini version. If you'd like me to email a copy, and you're feeling generous (donation of $5-10), I'd be more than happy to e-mail the PDF version to you. :-) Just send me an e-mail at johnsonfambly@yahoo.com, and we can go from there.
 I made it 
  February 19, 2012
Quoting Jordan Cottle Nice, I'm actually going to use this as a model for a minecraft project :)
Thank you! I actually just finished the official LEGO instructions for the mini version of the SLC Temple, if you're interested in a copy. I've been asking for "donations" of $5-10 (whatever you feel they're worth). Drop me an e-mail if you're interested. It's a pretty detailed model that fits on the 16x16 green plate.
  February 18, 2012
Nice, I'm actually going to use this as a model for a minecraft project :)
 I made it 
  January 24, 2012
Quoting Gilkah Balcada Masterpiece. I'd say that was 5 years well spent.
Thank you! Wish I had the capital and clientele to make this into a viable job. FOr now, just a fun dream... :-)
 I made it 
  January 24, 2012
Quoting Christy T We'd love to buy instructions to something like this, especially in a smaller scale. Our two boys love legos, and this would be a great Sunday family project! Great work!
Thank you for your comments! Actually, I am in the process (almost done) of making the designs for a much smaller "Mini-SLC Temple" LEGO set right now. Stayed up to 11 last night working on it. Hope to be done within the week. I'm having some friends try out the designs first, and if viable, I will be in touch as to the details. I'm trying to get through to LEGO to introduce an entire line of mini-Temples (using the 16 x 16 green base plates), but no word back yet. :-( Feel free to call them and say something like, "Gosh! I wish LEGO would sell mini-LDS Temples to the public!" :-) Until then...
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  January 24, 2012
Quoting Handy Yusran It's superb masterpiece. However I'm curious what's the usage of wiring, LEDs and train transformer on this set?
Thanks for the comments! As for the wiring, I really wanted to install LEDs in the towers to light up the spires (like the real thing), but I was too chicken to try the soldering...and gave up. If I ever run into someone who actually knows what they're doing, I'll let them have a go at it in an attempt to make it even neater. I grew up with a train set and spent hours making it realistic with lights, buildings, and so forth. Just wanted to do the same on this LEGO model. :-)
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  January 23, 2012
It's superb masterpiece. However I'm curious what's the usage of wiring, LEDs and train transformer on this set?
  January 20, 2012
We'd love to buy instructions to something like this, especially in a smaller scale. Our two boys love legos, and this would be a great Sunday family project! Great work!
 I made it 
  January 12, 2012
Quoting Ryan D That is amazing! Do you sell or do you know anyone that sells the plans/instructions for any simple versions of a lego temple model?
I just got an article published on these LEGO temples on KSL.com and in the Deseret News. I am trying to get a line of LEGO temples for sale, but I'm still in the process... First on tap is the SLC Temple in mini scale. I will let you know once I have something "marketable." Would you be interested in the design/instructions, or would you NEED to buy the pieces, as well?
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  January 10, 2012
That is amazing! Do you sell or do you know anyone that sells the plans/instructions for any simple versions of a lego temple model?
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  August 23, 2011
Quoting Planet Shantel This is amazing! I've been wanting to do the Orlando temple, but i dont even know where to begin!
Thank you. It was fun planning and amazing to build. I still can't believe I wanted to continue after weeks of just building the foundation (first 4 layers), working just an hour or two every week as I had the time. If you want to build anything as a replica the trick is to get as many pictures of the real thing as possible, then try to find LEGO pieces that match certain details that you will need to copy. The smaller you get in detail (Denver Temple) the less those tiny details matter and you now need to find pieces that loosely represent what the larger surface/area needs to look like. When you know the pieces, you will realize how big your structure will have to be to be realistic. Then you get rough estimates of the size of the structure, compare it in height and width to its LEGO equivalent, and make your layout on LEGO baseplates. There may be a few minor adjustments as you build the foundation, as you realize that the final structure won't look right because you put that piece here or there. But when you have the foundation right, the rest comes along easily and joyfully. The best piece to place is the last, but it's also the saddest. :-) Then you know it's time to get another one built. Next on tap for me is probably Portland, where we were married, or San Diego (just a cool Temple all-around!). Hope this helps!
  August 23, 2011
This is amazing! I've been wanting to do the Orlando temple, but i dont even know where to begin!
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  January 8, 2011
Masterpiece. I'd say that was 5 years well spent.
  July 25, 2010
this is Amazing. I've been working on my own rendition of this temple and it has been quite overwhelming at times. yours is a definite 10 out of 10.
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  June 26, 2010
Awesome! I've been thinking of doing this model my self. You did a great job.
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  May 20, 2010
Perfect! thanks, it's beauty!
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  May 19, 2010
Amazing!
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  May 19, 2010
Man that is awesome! 5/5! Great work!
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  May 19, 2010
Wow, what Mark said.~H
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  May 19, 2010
Absolutely beautiful work! If I can ever get around to doing some castle creations, I'd be thrilled if they were this successful. Great job!
 
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