Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. I've only been in this temple once, but I really liked the celestial room mural. As you can see in the photos the mural shows green fields and mountains with people dressed in white socializing. It is a very nice image of celestial life. People are reading and one man is giving flowers to a woman. This reminds us of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 130:2 which reads: And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. The mural also shows part of the Book of Revelation. One wall has John the Revelator writing as an angel shows him the city of New Jerusalem descending out of heaven as written in Revelation 21:2.
These temple celestial room murals are interesting and unique. It is interesting to note that the Idaho Falls and Los Angeles Temples were planned at the same time and completed about 10 years apart due to World War II. This probably explains the fact that both have celestial room murals. I'm guessing that the idea didn't catch on with future temples because deciding what to use as a mural in a celestial room is a little difficult, and because the church started building more temples rapidly after these temples. Also, after the L.A. Temple was completed, temples switched to using film for the endowment. This meant that murals weren't included in future temples (until about the last 10 years). I would like to see celestial room murals in some new temples. I think they were an interesting experiment that unfortunately died when the endowment switched to film. I still think they can work and would make wonderful Celestial Rooms and add a lot of variety to temples. For now just I'll just have to enjoy these two special temples. I hope to some day see the Los Angeles California Temple celestial room mural. I have actually seen other paintings in temple celestial rooms. For instance, the four corner columns in the Logan Utah Temple celestial room have a hilly landscape painted on them, although it is on such a small portion of the room that I don't really consider it a mural. The Vernal Utah Temple (and I'm sure several other temples) has a painting of Christ on a wall in the celestial room, which is nice. I should also note that a few temples have stained glass scenes in their celestial rooms. The most notable examples are the San Antonio Texas, Palmyra New York, and Winter Quarters Nebraska Temples which have stained glass windows depicting the Tree of Life.
Well, Those are my thoughts on celestial room murals in Latter-day Saint temples. If you know more, have questions, or just want to discuss something, please comment. You could write about what you'd put in a celestial room mural.
This is an addition to the original post:
|Original Logan Temple Celestial Room With Murals|
I have also noticed that the Vernal Utah Temple technically has a mural of the second coming of Jesus Christ in its celestial room. See part 5 of my temple murals post for that image. I say that it technically has a mural, because the picture is attached to the wall and the room is planned around the piece, although it isn't a mural covering all the walls like those in Idaho Falls or Los Angeles.
The Hamilton New Zealand Temple Celestial Room also has murals seen below.
|Hamilton New Zealand Celestial Room With Murals|