The Art of Temples

This week I had the privilege of touring the Draper Temple. What an amazing building to add to our wonderful list of temples. I was astounded to realize that we have either built or are building 148 temples around the world! And to think that there will be 12 in Utah alone? What excuse do we have now to do our temple work? None!!

The insides are simple gorgeous. I know each temple has it's own 'theme', and this one appears to be the Sego Lily. It's all along the ceiling and in the carpets. The windows and doors are gorgeous, but my favorite room was the bride room. The chandelier and wall sconces were made of a metalic product and shaped into flower petal type design, it was so beautiful! This shot is of the ceiling in the Celestial room.

My autistic son kept walking into everyone in front of him because he was just so thrilled with it and the beauty he was seeing -- especially in the chandeliers. He is quite obsessed with them...grin.

I was able to find a LDS Jordan River site with photos of the inside, and I wanted to share some of them -- they just glow.

My son loved the idea that the Baptismal font was the same in this temple as in the Bountiful one. I loved the open feeling, and the wood work. I really loved the windows. The stained glass work, the height and tone of them...I wished I could have them in my home.

Since the church is dealing with the Big Love controversy right now, I felt this was an appropriate place to include the video the church has put out to help those who are unfamiliar with our temples and the work that goes on inside. Here is the video that explains things quite simply and clearly. I hope that anyone who needs to know or is curious will have the chance to see it somewhere.

Unfortunately, I think any openings left to see the open house are taken, and the chance to see the inside before it's dedicated is probably gone. I hope these photos give a taste of the beauty and peace that is found inside. I sincerely hope that you'll have the chance to see the insides for yourself someday.

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Chino Blanco said…
Tom Hanks puts this brouhaha into perspective (and waxes prophetic) at the 3rd season premiere of Big Love:

"There's gonna be lies, and secrets, and discoveries, and problems. Television!"
Tristi Pinkston said…
You won my contest, Gaynell! Contact me with your address and the cookbook is all yours.
G. Parker said…
Yeah Tristi!! I'm excited.

As for the Tom Hanks thing, Chino, Yes, it is television -- and it is generally soap opera life. But he promised the show wouldn't showcase Mormonism, so he has disappointed quite a few of us. Thanks for stopping by!

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