Beautiful LDS Temples

I’m a lover of art and beauty.  Always have been.  And in my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful and inspiring that man makes than that which he does to honor his God.  Whichever god that may be.  Whether in the form of a cathedral, a mosque, a synagogue, a temple, or what have you, I am always attracted to beautiful and godly buildings.

This Sunday I will share with you a few of my favorite LDS temples, each with its own beauty.  I love the LDS temples, and I hope to be able to capture all of them some day.  For now, here’s a start.

Having attending college at BYU, I have probably been to the Provo Temple most often.  These photos were taken just after a light snow.  My intention had been to capture a sunrise with all its various colors, but the cloud cover remained.  Still, it provided its own pale blue beauty.

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There is, of course, the famous Salt Lake Temple, visited by Mormons and non-Mormons alike from all over the world.

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With, of course, its replica of the Christus statue in the visitor’s center, proclaiming to the world his divinity and mission for God, surrounded by gorgeous murals depicting the heavens.

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When visiting Hawai’i last year, I made a stop at the pristine white Laie Temple.  An absolutely beautiful place, and a gorgeous sunset that day to set it off.

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And by the way, whoever painted this stunning depiction of paradise, found in the Laie Temple’s visitor center — I’d love to know who you are!

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One of my own favorite LDS temples to capture is the Idaho Falls temple.  On my way up to Yellowstone one year, I stopped at this temple one evening and was treated to an amazing array of natural backdrops at the sky’s rapid changing.

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The Draper Temple was a beauty to capture.  Whether at sunset or twilight, the marble creates a subtle effect of seeming to reflect the colors in the sky.

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There are several LDS temples in California, but I have, as yet, really captured only the one — the uniquely beautiful Oakland Temple.  I have even photographed a couple of weddings here!

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Simple in design, the Mesa Temple nevertheless has some lovely grounds.  And palm trees.  🙂

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There’s the Mt. Timpanogos Temple, a very popular one for Utah weddings.

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It’s devilish tricky to spell, but the Oquirrh Mountain Temple is a stunner at sunset!

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And, last but not least, the historic St. George Temple, with its own visitor’s center and Christus statue as well.

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Hopefully one day I’ll have lots more LDS temples to post in future!  In the meantime, enjoy your Sunday.

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