A photographic tour of the Payson Utah Temple with a Seventy

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PAYSON — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released interior photos of the Payson Utah Temple on Tuesday morning following a media tour of the 146th operating LDS temple.

On January 25, 2010, LDS President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction on the Payson Utah Temple (1494 South 930 West in Payson, Utah).

The new temple will serve approximately 93,000 LDS Church members living in 27 stakes from Mapleton to Delta, Utah. There will be more than 3,000 ordinance workers who volunteer their time serving in the temple each week.

The LDS Church anticipates that between 400,000 and a half a million people will come to the Payson Utah Temple open house over the next month.

The public open house will begin on Friday, April 25, and go until Saturday, May 23. There will be no Sunday tours. Tickets are mandatory and can be reserved here. Following the open house, the Church will dedicate the temple for use on Sunday, June 7.

Before taking a walk-through tour of the temple, here is a photographic tour with information from Elder Kent F. Richards, executive director of the Temple Department and member of the Quorum of the Seventy.

Temple Exterior

(Photos courtesy LDS Church)

(Photos courtesy LDS Church)

The temple is designed similar to the recently dedicated Gilbert Arizona Temple. It has five floors and is considered one of the Church’s larger temples. The exterior of the temple is precast with concrete while the interior of the temple used mahogany from Africa.

A temple is different than a chapel. The Church states, “Latter-day Saint temples differ from the meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Temples are considered “houses of the Lord” where Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through marriage, baptism and other ordinances that unite families for eternity. Inside the temple, members learn more about the purpose of life and make covenants to serve God and their fellow man.”

“Holiness to the Lord”

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Outside of every temple, is the inscription, “Holiness to the Lord.”

“I want you to keep in mind that it’s not a beautiful building,” Richards said. “We consider it to be the house of God.”

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There are two entrances into the temple: one on the east and one on the west (next to the baptistry). Worthy members of the LDS Church show their paper recommend to be admitted into the temple after the temple is dedicated.

Richards says only worthy members of the Church are allowed in, not because the Church is exclusive, but because the temple is sacred and “we ask people to be prepared in their own lives.”

Baptismal Font

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The baptismal font sits on top of statues of 12 oxen, which represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Richards says this comes from the Bible in 1 Kings chapter 7 where Solomon is told to build the baptismal font on the back of 12 oxen. The baptistry is used to perform proxy baptisms for deceased relatives.

Baptismal Font Murals

Baptistry art

People may recognize the mural — a woodlands scene with antelope and other forest animals — feature in the baptistry from another temple. The mural is a copy of the Calgary Alberta Temple in Canada.

 Stained Glass Windows

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Todd Holdman, a Utah Valley resident, did all of the stained glass work for the temple. The glasswork are apple blossoms, representing the many apple orchards in Payson and surrounding areas.

Celestial Room

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The Payson Utah Temple has three ordinance rooms for the endowment session, an ordinance when members make covenants and receive video instruction. After the endowment session, patrons sit in the Celestial room to reflect and meditate.

Bride’s Room

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While the Bride’s room will not be part of the general public tour, the media got to step into the room. The room has four seats with mirrors for brides getting married in the temple.

When you enter the Bride’s room, the first piece of art is a cross-stitched image of a woman and a girl. Most of the art in the temple is paintings; there are 19 original paintings in the temple, some of which are by local residents.

Sealing Rooms

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There are seven sealing rooms in the Payson Utah Temple. In the few months scheduling has been open, there are already 100 sealings (marriages) scheduled for the first month the temple is open after the dedication.

The Payson Utah Temple will open for ordinance work after the dedication on Sunday, June 7th. Patrons will be welcome for ordinance work starting on Tuesday, June 9.

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5 Comments

  1. AvatarButch Heth Reply

    Just a short comment. 1 Kings 7 references Solomon’s home, not a temple, and the ‘sea’ described was NOT a baptismal. Baptism was not an ordinance until the new testament days – John the Baptist being the first. It’s certainly a beautiful place you’ve built there.

    1. AvatarK. Allred Reply

      Actually, there are many archeological sites built before 100 BC that were used as baptismal fonts. I know, it’s surprising, but others were performing these ordinances much earlier. Not a widely-known “fact.” Nevertheless, Christian baptisms began with John the Baptist.

  2. AvatarDavid Reply

    When Jesus Christ taught that God seeks true worshipers to worship Him in spirit, he was contrasting worshipers in spirit with worshipers in Jerusalem (John 4:24; cf. vs. 21). In the Old Testament, the place of worship was limited to the temple. Jesus Christ taught that worshipers worship God in spirit-the human spirit of those regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit is the new temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). It is not by works of righteousness which we have done that we are cleansed and made worthy to enter God’s presence (Titus 3:5). Only in Jesus Christ, the One who completed perfectly all the works of the Law required by God and by which transgressors are condemned, can a person be declared righteous before God (Romans 3:21-25; 8:1-4).

    1. AvatarK. Allred Reply

      Beautiful reminder. Thank you. When we follow the Savior, we commit to living our lives as he did — serving others, teaching and learning in the temples, and performing saving ordinances (healings, baptisms, etc.). I’m humble to be found worthy to perform acts of service in Christ’s name and after his example.

  3. AvatarJacky Reply

    An other reminder: Mathew 23

    “The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.

    They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see. They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.

    But none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters. Don’t call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader. Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.”

    Best wishes to all, PEACE

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