Mormon church shows inside view of Salt Lake Temple through new exhibit


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  • E. Klinche
    May 29, 2010 11:44 p.m.

    I hope all of usgo there literally and virtually, more, and save our ancestors.

    I hope this is a good missionary tool, too.

    Jesus is the reason. Our Father is the boss.

  • The Caravan Moves On
    May 29, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    If I'm not mistaken, isn't the Assembly Room used on a weekly basis for the General Authorities, the Presidency of the Seventy, the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency to meet and discuss the world-wide Priesthood responsibilites?

    Waaaaaay cool model! The detail is breath-taking!

  • The Caravan Moves On
    May 29, 2010 11:00 p.m.

    A BRILLIANT idea!

    Hopefully, this will show that LDS temples are neither 'secretive' nor sinister.

    I remember one woman I knew told me, rather haughtily, that she thought LDS temples, and the Salt Lake temple in particular, was ostentatious. I thought, "Good grief, lady! You ought to go look at about 90% of the cathedrals in Europe!". The Salt Lake temple is waaaaaaay less visually frilly or busy than those churches.

    Such is life.

    She thought our temples were over-the-top in their interior appointments, I just thought it was classicly beautiful.

    I'm sure that's because I know temples are literal avenues to exaltation because of the eternally binding work that occurs within, while she did not.

    God bless!

  • FightingRED
    May 29, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    When the entrance to the temple was moved to the east side (plaza side) the addition there has a larger waiting area. There are plenty of benches and such. There is also a room where children waiting during a relative's wedding can watch videos, color, etc. This lobby also has doors leading onto the grounds directly around the temple itself. Its a beautiful area.

    As for children waiting to be sealed to their parents, I don't know if the children use the same waiting area before going up to the sealing floors or if they wait elsewhere.

    I'm very grateful that the church has done this. I enjoy especially the fine detailing. It allows people to see just how much our pioneer ancestors put into the temple and the artistry they were capable of.

  • Sarah Nichole
    May 29, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    To: OC Guy

    I believe the nursery and the waiting room are two separate room. I could be wrong, though, and if I am, please, somebody correct me.

    Several years ago, before I was endowed, my aunt was getting married in the Salt Lake temple, and I waited in the waiting room. While I was there, a mother with two young children was waiting to attend a wedding ceremony as well, and her nieces and nephews had not shown up yet to watch the children. I ended up babysitting them for over an hour inside the waiting room until their cousins turned up. There were videos to watch, and there was a place for the kids to color, but it wasn't a nursery. It was for people of all ages.

    I assume the nursery is a different room, used for different purposes, like for children waiting to be sealed.

  • Michiganian
    May 29, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    According to the 2010 Church Almanac, there are 562 total rooms in the Salt Lake Temple. Looking at this cut-away, the 562 number seems way too high.

  • OC Guy
    May 29, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    Is the nursery used for any children of patrons performing ordinance work? Or is it more of a waiting area for children about to be sealed to parents? I was under the impression that temples do not provide child care except for children waiting to be sealed. Many time, relatives without Temple Recommends, who cannot a temple sealing, are asked to care for the children of those attending the sealing while the relative without the recommend waits outside a temple. So it would seem that the "nursery" is a waiting area for children about to participate in a sealing with their parents.

  • twinb
    May 29, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    There still is a nursery, and a cafeteria, etc. Remember, there is an annex attached to the temple. That's also where the big chapel and offices are.

    I used to work in the SL Temple years ago--such a beautiful building. This model is amazingly detailed and accurate!

  • Oatmeal
    May 29, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    Where is the nursery located? Years ago I remember there was a daycare/nursery provided for young children while their parents were being endowed. They were then brought to the sealing room to seal the family.

  • Kaye Possa
    May 29, 2010 7:57 a.m.


    A picture is worth a thousand words; this is worth many pictures.

    Excellence as usual from the Church!

    Please don't publicize this display. Temple Square is already the biggest tourist attraction in the state; it's about to get more crowded.

  • Rock
    May 29, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    I am a retired Industrial Arts Teacher, (Woodworking) and am now a small time building contractor and I am awestruck by the precision and detail of this model. As is typical of anything the church builds, it is first rate and absolutely beautiful.
    I have been in the Temple many times and can easily recognize the rooms and halls and all the rest and am enjoying reminiscing about being there.
    Thank you, I can hardly wait to see it in person.

  • apache1
    May 28, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    and to think that it only took 117 years to get this set up.

  • CT98
    May 28, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    That is very cool. I could spend a good amount of time at this display. The detail is very accurate.

  • dellis76
    May 28, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    I have been in the SL temple many times. This is the first time I have really "seen" it.

  • O'really
    May 28, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    Great idea!! Can't wait to see it!

  • Relocated Southerner
    May 28, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Very neat to see it in this layout. I never knew the exact location of some of the rooms, and it's nice to see an "open view" of where all the rooms are exactly located. This temple has some of the most beautiful architecture and rooms, and I'm glad everyone will be able to see it now (albeit in a small way). What a wonderful FHE "tour" this would make!

  • Laser
    May 28, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    That is amazing! I hope they keep it on display for quite awhile. That is so cool to see how the rooms are organized.

  • CanuckFan
    May 28, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    Definitely a cool idea. Can't wait to see it next year.

    Maybe this is prepping us for the next iteration of "temple convenience" - first the "small" temples arrived a few years back... next up, the "virtual temple" that you climb into in your basement!

  • SLCMom
    May 28, 2010 12:02 p.m.

    This is SO COOL! The detail is amazing. I've been inside the SLC Temple many times in my life but never visualized the architectural layout. For example, who knew the baptistry was underneath the World room?! Not me. It's also cool to see the Assembly Hall on the top floor - which is rarely used, and most members don't even get the chance to see. WOW - kudos to the amazing artists that created this. I can hardly wait to take my family down to see it in person. This will be of tremendous value to both Latter-day Saints and non! What a precious gift.

  • Southern
    May 28, 2010 11:48 a.m.

    That is awesome!

  • Ben Lopshire
    May 28, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    that's cool

  • Henry Drummond
    May 28, 2010 11:18 a.m.

    Great idea! I'm not LDS but if this is open this weekend I would love to go and see it. It seems a great way to share this wonderful building with people without interfering with the worship that goes on inside.

  • Ashtrash
    May 28, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    That is the coolest thing ever! What a great way to open up a dialogue of why the temples are so important to us. This is a great example of how our temples are sacred, not secret. Well done!

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
    May 28, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    Can I buy one?

  • cjf
    May 28, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    Very good idea! Wonderful! I can't wait to see it!

  • thelogicalone
    May 28, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    Wow! This is awesome, thank you!

  • Seronac
    May 28, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    Very cool!

  • JMT
    May 28, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    I'm glad you did this. Openness without being disrepectful to your Mormon views.

  • ourtime99
    May 28, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    What an incredible work of art, and a great way to remove some of the mere "mystery" so discussion can focus instead on the important things that happen inside.

  • MoJules
    May 28, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    Right now I have only looked at the photo's, they are awesome, it takes me back to 1975 when I first went through the temple. I will be in SLC in June with my grand daughter, would love to show her this. Beautiful work, I would love to see that done for other temples.

  • raybies
    May 28, 2010 10:29 a.m.

    That's a pretty cool model! Wow.

  • It's Just Me
    May 28, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    What a great idea! I can't wait to "tour" the temple. Even though I have been inside the Salt Lake Temple, I can't wait to see how the rooms relate to each other, and "see" rooms that I haven't seen before. Love, love, love this!