I also had a few Salt-Lake-temple-specific questions that the Temple Square workers could not answer:
- Is the Garden Room east of the Creation Room? I'm pretty sure it is. I tried to check on the temple model in the south visitors' center, but the Creation Room is not shown; I believe it was scooped out to show other rooms. My guess is that when Adam and Eve are placed "eastward in Eden", you actually get up and walk east. My wife said I'm the only one ever to ask or think that, but I bet I'm not.
- The Terrestrial Room (which is stunning, I mean just extremely impressive) features a heroic-sized painting of Christ in the clouds with a desertscape beneath. Very famous LDS painting by Harry Anderson:
Is that the original hanging in the Salt Lake temple Terrestrial Room, or just a very large reproduction?
- The Celestial Room was so ornate that it reminded me very strongly of a European cathedral from the Renaissance era. The side of the Celestial Room nearest the veil includes small statues, almost frescoes, up high: Two cherubs and an adult figure. I took the adult figure for a blond, beardless Christ, not unlike Michelangelo's beardless Christ figure on the wall of the Sistine Chapel:
In fact, to my mind the Celestial Room generally and this statue display specifically had a light but distinct Catholic feel -- though I don't think the older Temple Square missionary sister I made this observation to was thrilled by my observation. She had no real answer to my question. So does anyone know if the larger statue in the Celestial Room represents Christ or some other specific individual?
And by the way, just because I can tell you're dying to know: The Endowment House stood in the extreme northwest corner of Temple Square, where the west wing of the north visitors' center now stands. But don't ask the Temple Square workers where the Endowment House was; they will tell you, "It was the Lion House", which is incorrect.
Edited by Vort, 07 May 2013 - 07:44 AM.