|Stained Glass in Ogden Utah Temple with Desert Rose|
The main themes of this temple are the desert rose (pioneer rose), grass blades, a weave pattern (from the original temple) and a sunburst design.
The desert rose design is meant to remind us of the pioneers (it is also called the pioneer rose) and the scripture where Isaiah says the desert would blossom as a rose. I like that the designers didn't just use any flower to decorate the temple, but chose one with symbolism. I noticed that the roses in the glass, etc. have thorns. It may seem odd to include depictions of thorns in the temple; however, they made me think of several things. My first thought was of the crown of thorns placed on Jesus Christ's head just before his crucifixion. Then I thought of the message to Adam and Eve as they were expelled from the Garden of Eden that part of the curse was thorns and thistles. Since much of the temple is related to exploring the fall, how it relates to us, etc., having thorns present actually works in the temple. The thorns also make me think about trials and the rose flowers at the top can be symbolic of blessings we receive with our trials.
I didn't really notice the grass design, but grass is very subtle, so that isn't too surprising. I suppose grass could relate to the pioneers, since most of the valleys the pioneers settled were mainly filled with grass when the pioneers arrived. I could discuss scriptural links, but honestly I haven't spent much time pondering them yet.
I like how these themes were used in the remodeled Ogden Utah Temple. The stained glass, wall carvings, gold leaf, stone work, etc. were all beautiful.
|Ogden Temple Sealing Room Chandelier Detail|
|Ogden Temple Torchiere|
|Sealing Room Chandelier|
The temple also has a lot of incredible carved details such as woodwork and stone, much of it hand-carved. The woodwork is exceptional. On the main floor, and somewhat elsewhere, there are carved wood capitals on the columns. They have an interesting design that is also echoed in stone carving. In some cases, such as at the recommend desk, the square dots on the capital are echoed in the stonework. Elsewhere there are more elaborate stone details on capitals, etc., but more on that later.
|Ogden Temple Column Capital|
|Ogden Temple Sealing Room Carved Stone Detail|
There is so much more that is great about the remodeled Ogden Temple. The new art glass is incredible. Stained glass is used extensively in the temple. In many locations it has simple geometric patterns, but it often contains the desert rose pattern, grass patterns, etc., and is very beautiful. The numerous windows make this a very bright temple. The ordinance rooms have stained glass on their ceilings and the two largest endowment rooms have large stained glass windows along the back walls. The Celestial room has a large art glass dome in the center. One great improvement over the original temple is that now some of the sealing rooms have windows to the outside letting in natural light. I love what the church has done with glass in this temple.
I could go on and on, but perhaps if I stop now I will be motivated to write another post about this temple. I am very impressed with what has been done with it.