Mormon Land
Mormon Land
Mar 17, 2021
What the Salt Lake Temple loses with renovation | Episode 173
Play • 31 min
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that it will discontinue the “live” presentation of a religious ritual known as the “endowment” in its iconic Salt Lake Temple.

Instead of members acting out the scripted roles of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, for instance, a film version used in other temples will be shown.

The faith’s governing First Presidency also said that historic wall murals, which help set the tone and understanding of the ceremony, had been removed.

Similar changes are planned for the Manti Temple, which houses a Mormon masterpiece by artist Minerva Teichert. The moves sparked an outcry from preservationists and many church members. Here to talk about the changes is Jody England Hansen, who served as a volunteer worker in the Salt Lake Temple before it closed to undergo renovation.
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