Saturday, April 9, 2011

LDS Temple Murals - Pt 5 - Miscellaneous Murals

This is a continuation of my posts on Latter-day Saint Temple murals.  You can read the earlier posts by clicking on the links below:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Celestial Room Murals

After the LA Temple was completed, the endowment began to be presented on film, eliminating the need for murals in endowment rooms.  Because of this, murals stopped being used in endowment rooms until the 2000s.  Even so, between the 1950s and the early 2000s, a few temple murals were included.  These tended to be in hallways or lobbies.  Here is the list I was able to come up with:

The Washington D.C. Temple
Washington D.C. Temple Mural of the Second Coming of Jesus
The main lobby of this temple has a 30 foot long mural of the second coming of Jesus Christ.  The painting is probably familiar to you if you are LDS.  It shows Christ coming and welcoming the righteous (living and newly resurrected dead people are portrayed) on his right hand, while the wicked despair and hide on his left hand side.  The Washington D.C. Temple is also painted into the mural.

The Jordan River Utah Temple
In the main lobby of the Jordan River Temple there is a mural of the Garden of Eden based on the LA Temple garden room mural.  You can see the LA Temple garden room mural in part 4 of my temple murals posts.

The Mexico City Mexico Temple
Mexico City Temple Lobby with Mural of Jesus Christ in 3 Nephi 11
This temple has a print of a famous painting of Jesus Christ coming to teach the Nephites in the Americas after his resurrection as recorded in 3 Nephi 11 in The Book of Mormon.  The print is in the main lobby.

The Ogden Utah Temple
This temple had a mural of Jesus Christ and some apostles on the Mount of Transfiguration.  I'm not sure if it was a print or an original, but it was large and striking in the main lobby.  I hope it is kept in the temple after the current remodel is completed.  This mural was also effective because the Mount of Transfiguration has been linked to the temple and multiple people (prophets and apostles) have said that this is likely where Peter, James, and John received their endowments.

Salt Lake Temple Annex
The new (added in 1960s) Salt Lake Temple Annex includes a chapel with murals on both the front and rear of the room. 

The Bountiful Utah Temple
Bountiful Utah Temple Chapel
The chapel in this temple includes a print of part of a painting of Jesus Christ's second coming.  This is technically a mural as the room is planned around the piece and the piece is permanently applied to the wall. 

The Vernal Utah Temple
Vernal Utah Temple Celestial Room
The same painting of Jesus Christ's Second Coming is used as a mural in the Vernal Utah Temple Celestial Room.

Baptistery Murals
There are many temple that have baptistery murals, but I am going to cover those not already covered in a separate post.

There is my list of miscellaneous LDS Temple Murals from 1960 to 2000.  Surely I have missed some.  Please comment and let us know what you think, tell us of other murals I didn't know about, and discuss murals you would like to see.  While I am thrilled that temples have begun using endowment room murals again, I also like seeing these murals in various places in the temple.  I love how each temple is different, with random murals adding interesting variety.  Please Comment


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the LA Temple has a mural in the 1st Floor Chapel. This chapel is over in the west wing and not used for patrons waiting for a session to start.

Anonymous said...

I just noticed that some murals from fairly recent Temples are being duplicated and re-used. For example, the newly remodeled Atlanta Georgia Temple (2011) has the same mural as the Helsinki Finland Temple (2006).

Scott said...

I highly suspect that using prints of murals is for budgetary reasons. Even so, these are really, really nice prints. The Vancouver B.C. Temple has a print of one of the Rexburg Idaho Temple's murals. Kyiv Ukraine has a print of the Cardston Alberta Temple's garden room murals.
I like temples having newly commissioned murals; however, it is also nice to see some spectacular examples being copied so a wider audience can view them. So I'm OK with limited use of prints, but I hope as the economy improves, more murals will be original.

I'd love to see a picture of the LA mural. I need to go there sometime.

Jack Duffy said...

Do you know of photos of the World Room mural in the Mesa Temple before it was remodeled in the mid-1970's?

Scott said...

I think the Mesa Temple world room murals would have looked nearly the same as the photo I posted in my post on the spireless temple murals.

Michelle said...

Would you know where I can get a picture of the Washington D.C. Temple Mural of the Second Coming of Jesus. I am looking for a larger copy.

Scott said...

I don't know. I've tried to find one before. Someone must sell it.