Desert Imagery and Sacred Symbolism : The Design of the Arizona Temple
Journal of Mormon History
Salt Lake City, UT
Mormon History Association
This paper discusses the design of the Arizona Temple at Mesa, Arizona. The architectural design has been well-preserved and is documented in numerous sources not limited to the Church Archives. The paper not only shows how the temple was designed to work within and highlight its desert landscape, but also shows its historical placement in the framework of the early twentieth-century temple building period in which two other temples were also constructed--the Alberta Temple and the Laie Hawaii Temple.