The House of the Lord
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
A STUDY OF HOLY SANCTUARIES ANCIENT AND MODERN
INCLUDING FORTY-SIX PLATES ILLUSTRATIVE OF MODERN TEMPLES
JAMES E. TALMAGE
One of the Twelve Apostles of the
Church of Jesus Christ of
Published by the Church
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Deseret News
Copyright 1912 by
JOSEPH F. SMITH
Trustee-in-Trust for the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-
All Rights Reserved
Among the numerous sects and churches of the present day, the Latter-day Saints are distinguished as builders of Temples. In this respect they resemble Israel of olden time. It is not surprising that great and widespread interest is manifest respecting this peculiarity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor that questions are continually arising as to the purpose and motive behind this great labor, and the nature of the ordinances administered in these modern Houses of the Lord. To answer some of these questions, and to place within the reach of earnest inquirers authentic information concerning the doctrine and practise of Temple ministration, this book has been written.
By way of affording means of easy comparison between the Temple-building achievements of past and those of current time, a brief treatment of the sanctuaries of earlier dispensations has been included. While detailed information pertaining to ancient Temples and related sanctuaries is accessible to all, through cyclopedias, Bible dictionaries and works of more special scope, but little concerning the Temples of today and the sacred service therein rendered has been published in separate form. The official "History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" contains abundant data on the subject; but the information is distributed through many tomes, and is of access to comparatively few.
Among the special publications in this field, most of which are primarily devoted to the history and description of the Temple at Salt Lake City, are the following:
"Temples: Descriptive and historical sketches of ancient and modern sacred edifices," a pamphlet of 28 pages, by J. M. Sjodahl, Salt Lake City, 1892. This covers the history of the Salt Lake City Temple to the time of the laying of the capstone, April, 1892. The pamphlet contains outline drawings.
"The Salt Lake Temple," an article by James H. Anderson, published in "The Contributor," Vol. XIV, No. 6, April, 1893, 60 pages with numerous illustrations of the Temple at different stages, together with details of construction, and portraits of Church officials and others connected with the erection of the great structure. "Historical and descriptive sketch of the Salt Lake Temple," an illustrated pamphlet of 36 pages published by the Deseret News, Salt Lake City, April, 1893.
"A Description of the Great Temple, Salt Lake City, and a statement concerning the purposes for which it has been built," a pamphlet of 40 pages, by D. M. McAllister, Salt Lake City, 1912. This contains half-tone engravings of both exterior and interior views.
In the present undertaking the author has been the recipient of many courtesies and much assistance from the officials of the several Temples, the Church Historian and his assistants, the general authorities of the Church, and many others. To all who have assisted in the pleasing labor his obligations are respectfully acknowledged. The photographs showing interior views of the Salt Lake City Temple are the work of the C. R. Savage Company, to whom thanks are tendered for liberal, courteous, and efficient service.
James E. Talmage
Salt Lake City, Utah,
September 21, 1912.
|A PRE-VIEW OF THE SUBJECT.|
|SANCTUARIES IN EARLIER DISPENSATIONS.|
|NEED OF TEMPLES IN THE PRESENT DISPENSATION.|
|MODERN TEMPLE ORDINANCES.|
|MODERN DAY TEMPLES.|
|THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY—HISTORICAL.|
|THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY—EXTERIOR.|
|THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY—INTERIOR.|
|OTHER UTAH TEMPLES.|