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Let it Snow: 30+ Winter Pictures of LDS Temples

The winter months bring out some of the best photos of Latter-day Saint Temple pictures. The white snow, in combination with the sparkling walls, makes for a breathtaking sight. Often, LDS temples are built on hilltops, meaning that the blanket of snowfall on the grounds remains smooth and undisturbed. These kinds of locations also create a stunning variety of landscapes, from mountains to fields to city lights. 

The tall steeples reaching up into the gray skies call back the words in the loved seasonal hymn, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day: “God is not dead nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth, goodwill to men!”

Cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy these pieces of wintery LDS art:

Salt Lake City Temple Winter Pictures

We’ll start with photos of the Salt Lake City Temple. These pictures are beautiful in the winter. They have almost a fantasy ice-castle feel with the intricate architectural details carved into the granite, all surrounded by the white snow and grey fog. 

There is also the beloved Temple Square Christmas lights. Many families, couples, and groups of friends have made it an annual tradition to walk the grounds during the holidays. They come to enjoy the magic of months-work of lights shining from just about any surface. The welcoming warmth of it all is a symbol of the true reason for the season: Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

Salt Lake Temple spires framed by Christmas lights.

Salt Lake Temple - Christmas Lights by Scott Jarvie

Salt Lake Temple grounds illuminated by Christmas lights.

Salt Lake Temple - Silent Night by Robert A Boyd

Salt Lake Temple grounds covered in a recene snowfall.

Salt Lake Temple - Sanctuary by Robert A Boyd

Vertical photo of the Salt Lake Temple. Snow covers the ground.

Salt Lake Temple - Textured Snow by Robert A Boyd

Angled photo of Salt Lake Temple. The grounds are blanketed are snow.

Salt Lake Temple - Snowy View by Kyle Woodbury

Salt Lake Temple and snowfall reflected in reflection pool.

Salt Lake Temple - Snowfall Reflection by Kyle Woodbury

Provo City Center Temple Winter Pictures

The Provo City Center Temple is another unique building for LDS art winter photos. The red-orange of the brick and deep blue of the steeples make the perfect wintery contrast to the surrounding snowfall and distant mountains. These pictures alone illustrate why this temple is a favorite among visitors and Church members.

These photos emphasize the beauty of the Provo City Center Temple. It has a classy, chapel style of architecture, which makes the building appear as if it was taken right out of a miniature Christmas village or a well-loved storybook. It somehow appears warm and cozy even amid the wet Utah winter.

Provo City Center Temple standing against a landscape of snowy mountains.

Provo City Center Temple - Winter Snowfall Canyon View by Lance Bertola

Provo City Center Temple surrounded by recent snowfall.

Provo City Center Temple - Snowstorm by Kyle Woodbury

Provo City Center surrounded by snowfall and fog.

Provo City Center Temple - In January by Kyle Woodbury

Star Valley Wyoming Temple Winter Pictures

So far, we only have one winter photo of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, but it certainly holds its own. Mandy, the artist, uses a combination of photography, painting, and digital art to capture her LDS artwork. 

We love this piece because you can practically hear the gentle silence of a fresh snowfall. She chose a direct perspective for this piece, creating the impression of standing on the inside of a snow globe. 

Gentle snowfall falling around the Star Valley Wyoming Temple.

Star Valley Wyoming Temple - Snow by Mandy Jane Williams

Cedar City Temple Winter Pictures

Each one of these photos was taken by Scott Jarvie. He is an LDS photographer who specializes in capturing very crisp and clear images. On brand with his style, each of these winter pictures has a clear sky. The light snowfall and pine trees breathe a sense of minty chill into the photo, but the open sky also brings a sense of calm and safety.  

Cedar City steeple rising above snowcovered forest trees.

Cedar City Temple - Reaching up by Scott Jarvie

Distant photo of the Cedar City Temple standing above a wintery forest.

Cedar City Temple - Above the Snow by Scott Jarvie

Cedar City Temple and surrounding community against blue mountains.

Cedar City Temple - On top of the city by Scott Jarvie

Mount Timpanogos Temple Winter Pictures

The Mount Timpanogos Temple is another popular subject for winter photos. The surrounding landscape is level and wide. It is a fair distance from the surrounding city, making for some magical pictures. The building is satisfyingly symmetrical, and the smooth grounds look exactly like the sort of winter wonderland to go walking in on a pleasant, snowy day. 

Even with the variety of angles, simplicity is the beauty of this selection of LDS art photos.

Mount Timpanogos Temple glowing against snowcovered grounds.

Mt Timpanogos Temple - Morning Snow by Scott Jarvie

Angled Mount Timpanogos photo with the grounds covered in snowfall.

Mt Timpanogos Temple - After a Snowstorm by Scott Jarvie

Vertical photo of the Mount Timpanogos Temple with grounds covered in fresh snow.

Mt Timpanogos Temple - Snowy White by Scott Jarvie

Angled photo of the Mount Timpanogos Temple, showing the archways covered in snow.

Mount Timpanogos Temple - Angled Whiteout by Kyle Woodbury

Up close photo of the Mount Timpanogos Temple Steeple rising above the fog.

Mount Timpanogos Temple- Steeple by Robert A Boyd

The building is satisfyingly symmetrical, and the smooth grounds look exactly like the sort of winter wonderland to go walking in on a pleasant, snowy day. 

Orange trees lining a snowy path to the Mount Teimpanogos Temple entrance.

Mount Timpanogos Temple - First Snowstorm by Kyle Woodbury

Distant photo of the Mount Timpanogos Temple and snowy grounds.

Mt Timpanogos Temple - Snow Red Leaves by Robert A Boyd

Manti Temple Winter Pictures

As you’ve probably noticed by now, we owe many of our winter LDS temple photos to the consistently white Utah Christmases. 

Because of its unique, historical design, the Manti Utah Temple is a popular subject for much of our LDS art, including winter pictures.

The white and blue of the building fit in perfectly with the snowfall and the distant Rockies. Because of the color scheme, winter is possibly the most complimentary season to this picturesque building of worship.

The Manti Temple was also built at a location that makes for some fantastic sunset shots. We love the piece by Lance Bertola that contrasts the sun-dyed clouds with the frozen forest below.  

Manti Temple standing against an orange sky and surrounded by snowy trees.

Manti Temple - Snow Covered Valley by Lance Bertola

Manti Tepmle standing on a snow-covered hill.

Manti Temple - Snowy Hill by Robert A Boyd

Distnat photo fo the Manti Temple against a deep blue sky.

Manti Temple - Winter by Robert A Boyd

Manti TEmple standing proudly in front of snowy mountains.

Manti Temple - Snow Panoramic by Robert A Boyd

Draper Temple Winter Pictures

The Draper Temple is another LDS temple with a simple layout and a spread of beautiful gardens and grounds. What we love about these photos is that they are distant enough that you can also see the rows of autumn and winter trees that stand at the entrance and dot the hill. 

If you look closely at Robert’s photo, you can even spot the large, stone nativity scene set up just inside the fence. It is a simple detail, but it brings great warmth to an otherwise freezing landscape. It also symbolizes that the temple is The House of the Lord.

Draper Temple with white, snowy sky in the background.

Draper Temple - Before the Snowstorm by Kyle Woodbury

Draper Temple glowing on a snowy hill.

Draper Temple - Winter Sky by Robert A. Boyd

Provo Temple Winter Pictures

The Provo Temple has a beautiful backdrop of mountains, which make for stunning pieces of LDS photography all year round. However, the landscape’s winter blanket of snow and the fog that settles into the mountains add a cozy sort of mysteriousness to the scene. 

The wintery weather, in combination with the unique architecture of the Provo LDS Temple, each of these photos seem to be snapshots from some sort of fantasy world.

Provo Temple glowing in a snowy winter night

Provo Temple - Winter Morning by Scott Jarvie

Panormaic picture of the Provo Temple. The grounds are covered in snow and fog.

Provo Temple - Fog Panoramic by Robert A Boyd

Vertical photo of the Provoe Temple glowing with snowy mountains in the backdrop.

Provo Temple - Snowy Mountain by Scott Jarvie

More LDS Temple Winter Pictures

Many of our photographers go out of their way to capture scenes of less-known temples. We love these pieces of LDS art because they highlight different cities and parts of the world where saints gather to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

It is uniting to remember the reality that there are, at present, 168 dedicated temples dotting the world, with more still to come. It brings to mind the prophecy stated in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon:

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” - Isaiah 2:3, 2 Nephi 12:3

Logan Temple standing on a snowy hill with orange skies behind it.

Logan Temple - Sunrise by Scott Jarvie

Denver Temple and red flowerbeds surrounded by snow.

Denver Temple - Spring Snowstorm by Robert A Boyd

Autumn trees line a snowy pathway to the Bountiful Temple entrance.

Bountiful Temple - In the Snow by Kyle Woodbury

Calgary Temple lights glowing amid snow and fog.

Calgary Temple - Morning Fog by Scott Jarvie

Distant photo of the Nauvvo TEmple standing between two winter trees.

Nauvoo Temple - After an Ice Storm by Scott Jarvie

Our artists and photographers are constantly finding new inspiration. Want to see more of a specific LDS temple? Or a certain season? Post your ideas in the comments! And stay warm this winter!  

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