Out of all of our different categories for LDS Temple art, the Draper Utah Temple has one of the largest selections of pictures. Photographers, as well as artists, have been inspired by this sacred building. We’re so grateful that they choose to share their heart and talent!
Enjoy our most stunning images, as well as some fun facts about what went into the construction and beauty of Utah’s twelfth LDS Temple.
Draper Temple Panoramas
Sometimes the best LDS Temple pictures are the ones that capture the surrounding landscape or cityscape. Often, these images can become symbolic in the way that they show the temple as a beacon of light to the rest of the world.
Two of our most prolific temple photographers, Scott Jarvie and Robert A. Boyd, have both captured masterful panoramas of the Draper Utah Temple. We love the unique way that each of them employs a contrast of light and dark in their images.
Draper Temple - Above the Fray by Scott Jarvie
Draper Temple - Sunset Panoramic by Robert A. Boyd
Draper Temple Paintings
Photos aren’t the only way to go. We also have multiple talented painters and digital artists who create breathtaking pictures of the Draper Temple. The first two are hand paintings.
We love Anne Bradham’s eye for detail. She has a gift for painting realist scenes that illustrate just the right colors and textures. Abigale Palmer, on the other hand, has an approach that is more impressionist. She captures the spirit of the sacred building and the sense of calm that accompanies the beautifully kept grounds. Mandy Jane Williams’ picture isn’t handpainted, but it is hand-arranged. Mandy uses some digital art in combination with pieces of different photographs she’s taken of her subject to create her dreamlike pictures.
Draper Temple Pictures by Season
Like most Utah LDS temples, the Draper Temple lends itself well to the distinct seasons that residents of Utah get to enjoy year-round. Were you or your parents married in the Draper Temple? A seasonal image may be the perfect addition to your home as a reminder of that special day.
Draper Temple Facts
If you've ever casually come across Draper Temple pictures, or driven past it on the highway, you may have wondered what it was. Maybe you also wondered how it was built.
Like all LDS Temples, it is a house of worship where Church members make special promises with God and to do spiritual work for their ancestors. The Church website can tell you more about the worship itself. Here are a few fun facts about its construction:
How big is the Draper Utah Temple?
You can tell from any Draper Utah Temple pictures that it is an immense building. Overall, it covers 58,300 square feet. If you include the grounds and the nearby meeting house, then that number multiplies to a whopping 12 acres. Height-wise, the largest part of the Draper Temple, is 50 feet and 10 inches tall. Tack on the height of the steeple and the Angel Moroni statue, and it triples to 168 feet and 8 inches tall.
As with all LDS Temples, the construction consisted of the finest materials available. They imported Limestone, Temple White Granite, and makore wood from places as far as France, China, and Africa.
Draper Temple - Welcome to the Temple by Robert A. Boyd
When was the Draper Utah Temple dedicated?
The Draper Utah Temple was dedicated on March 20, 2009, just five years after its announcement. It is interesting to note that a large portion of the dedicatory prayer was a humble plead for young people and families:
“In a time of departure from safe moorings, may youth of the noble birthright carry on in the traditions of their parents and grandparents. They are subjected to the sophistries of Satan. Help such youth to stand firm for truth and righteousness. Open wide to their view the gates of learning, of understanding, of service in Thy kingdom. Bless them with a lengthened view of their eternal possibilities.”
“Today when the family unit is under attack and things long held sacred are often ridiculed by the world, we seek Thy help to make us equal to our tasks, that our homes may be havens of peace and happiness.”
These passages explicitly reference the growing influence of the adversary and the need for spiritual havens. The temple is the perfect place to find strength and shelter.
"Today when the family unit is under attack and things long held sacred are often ridiculed by the world, we seek Thy help to make us equal to our tasks, that our homes may be havens of peace and happiness."
This topic alone could make for its own article so we won't go too deep. But as for exterior symbolism, one of the most characteristic features of this temple is the sego lily. It is visible within the masterful art of the colorful glass windows.
This simple symbol is a reference to the city's history. The early Utah pioneers, when faced with starvation, were able to survive by eating sego lily roots. It is no surprise that this plant has also become the Utah State flower. One might also consider it a symbol of the spiritual nourishment we can find in the temple, even when we may feel like faced with our own famines.