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By Kent Larsen

Catholic Stained Glass Windows to Grace Snowflake Temple

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- An article in yesterday's Salt Lake Tribune tells the story of a set of stained glass windows, once part of a Catholic church in Boston, that have now been purchased for use in the LDS Church's Snowflake Arizona Temple. The windows were discovered by Salt Lake City antiques dealer Tony Christensen in a Boston auction house.

Christensen was visiting Boston on a buying trip when he spotted the windows in the auction house. He said that he immediately thought they would be an excellent addition to an LDS building, "I knew that Mormons are interested in families and their relationship to Christ. So I contacted the church to see if they were interested," Christensen said.

The windows sold for the Church include three panels depicting Christ instructing a circle of both children and adults. But Christensen says the set originally included five panels, but the other two showed Christ making the sign of the cross and Christ wearing a halo, "I didn't even offer them the other two panels," he said. "They were not consistent with Mormon theology."

Keith Stepan, managing director of the church's temple construction department, says that the set will be used as a lighted panel inside the temple, not as a window. Other temples also have interior stained glass windows that depict scenes, including the Salt Lake Temple and the Vernal Temple. Many of the other temples have interior stained-glass windows, but they are made in geometric designs. Unique among temples is the Palmyra Temple, which has a stained-glass window depicting the First Vision.


Catholic Windows Have an LDS Home
Salt Lake Tribune 15Mar01 A1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune


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