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Ephraim, Utah

Posted by graywacke on June 24, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-other-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2027; A Landing A Day blog post number 445.

 Dan –  Drat!  Thwarted once again!  From getting below 150, that is, due to this OSer landing in . . . UT; 70/56; 5/10; 11; 150.9.  Here’s my regional landing map, showing that I couldn’t have landed more centrally in Utah:

 landing 1

My closer in landing map shows my proximity to Ephraim, which is just up the road from Manti:

 landing 2

My GE shot shows a hilltop landing spot:

 ge 1

Here’s oblique GE shot looking east toward the Wasatch Range:

 ge 2 looking east past landing

Drainage at my landing is a little vague.  But using the GE elevation tool, I was able to ascertain that a drop of rain from my landing would work its way through Ephraim, and on to an unnamed low spot in the agricultural area west of town:

 drainage to low spot

So, what about Ephraim. Well, since I’m smack dab in the middle of Utah, I figured there’d be a Mormon angle.  Hmmm .. .

 From OnLineUtah.com:

Since the 1850s, Sanpete County’s history has revolved around the rivalry of its four leading towns–Mt. Pleasant, Gunnison, Manti, and Ephraim. Ephraim, long portrayed as the epitome of “the Utah farm village,” refused to concede primacy of place to its nearest competitor, even though Manti captured both the county seat and one of Utah’s first four Mormon temples. In the 1950s, Ephraim finally eclipsed all its rivals in size and two decades later passed the Census Bureau’s magic 2,500 mark to become Sanpete’s only urban place.

Way to go, Ephraim!  Just ‘cause Manti got the temple . . .

 Speaking of the Manti temple, here’s a shot from LDSChurchTemples.com, showing the the prophet Moroni in the foreground:

 manti-mormon-temple8

Moroni,eh?  It looks like he was both an angel as well as a warrior/prophet. 

From Wiki:

The Angel Moroni was an angel that visited Joseph Smith, Jr. on numerous occasions, beginning in September 1823.  According to Smith, the angel was the guardian of the golden plates, which Latter Day Saints believe were the source material for the Book of Mormon, buried in a hill near Smith’s home in western New York. Moroni is an important figure in the theology of the Latter Day Saint movement, and is featured prominently in Mormon architecture and art.  Three Witnesses besides Joseph Smith also reported that they saw Moroni in visions in 1829, as did several other witnesses who each said they had their own vision.

Moroni is thought by Latter Day Saints to be the same person as a Book of Mormon prophet-warrior named Moroni, who was the last to write in the golden plates.  The book states that Moroni buried them before he died after a great battle between two pre-Columbian (i.e., American) civilizations.  After he died, he became an angel, and was tasked with guarding the golden plates, and with eventually directing Joseph Smith to their location in the 1820s.  According to Smith, he returned the golden plates to Moroni after they were translated and as of 1838 the angel Moroni still had the plates in his possession.

Phew.  And all of these things Mormon not long after my West Point IL landing, located near an early Mormon settlement (Nauvoo) and near where Joseph Smith was killed (Carthage).

 I’ll finish up some GE Panoramio photos taken from Black Mountain (aka Little Mountain),which is the promontory upon which I landed.  First, this of the Wasatch Range in winter (Mt. Nebo, in particular), taken by none other than BratFace:

 pano brat face mt nebo from landing

I’ll close with a similar shot, taken in the summer, by the one and only StrongBadReggie:

 strongbadreggie from landing to mt nebo

 That’ll do it.

 KS

 Greg

 

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