LDS art and the temple experience

For two months, thousands of Mormons and interested others streamed through the quiet halls and sacred rooms of the faith's newly built and soon-to-be-dedicated Oquirrh Mountain Temple. They marveled at the spare-no-expense gold-leafed mirrors, the imported-glass chandeliers, the hand-woven carpets, the granite from China, the soaring windows.

To some, though, one essential of a religious edifice was lacking: fresh visual art to express the unique beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS temples, including Oquirrh Mountain in South Jordan, now use mostly prints of familiar Christ paintings from the 1960s, common in church publications, LDS homes and chapels. Sometimes the same portrait of Jesus is repeated in several rooms or hallways of the temple.

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