Date: May 15, 2017 07:57PM
After Kirkland and Nauvoo, Utah temples were constructed with various rooms corresponding to various parts of the Endowment. The early Utah temples all had a Creation Room, Garden Room, Wold Room, Terrestrial Room, and Celestial Room. Sealing Rooms were off the Celestial Room. The veil of the temple was in between the Terrestrial and Celestial Rooms. The early Utah temples also had solemn assembly rooms on the top floors.
The earliest temples that altered the rooms were the London, Swiss, and New Zealand temples built in the 1950s. It's my understanding that initially a slide show was used to represent the various rooms. With the advent of better technologies, movies were introduced. And, as a poster mentioned earlier, the Swiss temple had to provide Endowments in several languages.
In the early 1970s, the Provo and old Ogden temples used a multi-theater approach that had veils separating the Endowment rooms from the Celestial Room (positioned so several Endowment rooms opened into the Celestial Room. This room flow allowed for more Endowment sessions and most importantly, provided consistency and a more efficient use of time. It also allowed for fewer workers, per session, who didn't need to memorize parts.
In the mid-1970s, the Morg began to renovate its older temples in St. George, Mesa, LA, and elsewhere. Where possible (LA) the Morg kept the murals representing the older rooms. But where necessary (St. George, Mesa, and elsewhere), the Morg removed the murals and installed Endowment rooms opening into the Celestial Room.
The shit hit the fan with the Logan temple. The Morg bulldozed the interior and put in a mishmash of what had been a beautiful pioneer temple built by loving hands. The rooms didn't flow into each other and looked tacky. The good folks in Cache County were furious at the Morg leadership! The rescheduled remodeling of the Manti Temple was dramatically changed to keep the older murals and the live endowment. In short, the Morg didn't fuck with the beauty of the Manti Temple.
Since the Morg building program, all recently constructed temples have the Endowment room theaters opening into a central Celestial Room.
I've never been in the D.C. Temple, but I assume it doesn't have murals or was ever intended to do live sessions. Anyone out there who can confirm this? It should be noted that LA and D.C. were the last temples to have solemn assemble rooms in their top floors. Emil Fetzer's Boner.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/15/2017 08:03PM by BYU Boner.