Saturday, February 28, 2009

Look Closer

Temple worship forms an important part of Latter-day Saint faith. We believe that the living can participate in ordinances such as baptism and marriage for eternity on behalf of their kindred dead and others in keeping with practices that happened in Christ's church during the time of the original apostles (e.g., 1 Corinthians 15:29. Click here for a virtual tour of some temple rooms and an explination of their use. While temples are only used by members who meet certain standards of conduct, the church does provide photographs of the rooms for public use). The Salt Lake Temple in particular is an icon of our faith. It appears everywhere from temple recommends to Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women medallions. In a sense it is "the" temple to which we compare the others, probably with good reason. The story of its construction and establishment has formed part of many members' family histories (the story has even been made into a film). Tonight I ran across a letterpress poster of the Salt Lake Temple by Cameron Moll that was as beautiful as it was fascinating. Take a look, then look closer, and you'll see what I mean.

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