The Salt Lake Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Temple. The Salt Lake Temple is the most recognized symbol of the Church.It is the Church's spiritual heart, and is designed for administration as well asworship. In its role as an administrative headquarters, the Salt Lake Temple hasan entire floor dedicated to offices and meeting rooms for the leaders of theChurch. In addition it is the only temple to have a Holy of Holies.More weddings take place in the Salt Lake Temple than in any other. To cope withthe demand an annex, full of Sealing rooms, was added to the north side of thetemple. With its annex, offices and additions the Salt Lake Temple is the largest inthe Church.The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to build. The original foundation wasremoved and rebuilt to make it stronger. Construction was interrupted on severaloccasions, once because of the "invasion" of Johnson's Army, and again tocomplete the transcontinental Rail Road.While the exterior took 39 years to build, the interior of the temple was completedin just one year. The murals in the Garden and World Rooms were begun inJanuary 1893 and completed in time for the dedication on April 6. The Artistswere all part of a unique program of the Church known as the Paris Art Mission.Five Utah Mormon artists, Edwin Evans, John B. Fairbanks, John Hafen, LorusPratt and Dan Weggeland, were sent to Paris to study art for the express purposeof returning to paint the Salt Lake Temple Murals. All five collaborated on theGarden Room mural, while Edwin Evans, John B. Fairbanks and Dan Weggelandworked together on the World Room. The Creation Room mural was painted at alater date.The temple is built from granite quarried in Little Cottonwood Canyon, thequarry has been reopened to supply stone for the new Assembly Hall.