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,"
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