The Salt Lake Temple Celestial Room
The Celestial Room in the Salt Lake Temple is on the floor above the baptistry, the Garden Room and the Creation Room. It is the most majestic room in the temple. Adjacent to the Celestial Room are three sealing rooms, (one at the top of a staircase), and the entrance to foyer of the Holy of Holies; which is located behind the door between the two open sealing rooms. Every inch of the Salt Lake Temple Celestial Room is intricately decorated with carvings and painted patterns. The height of the room takes up two floors of the Salt Lake Temple, adding to the visual grandeur of the sacred space. The elegant light fixtures of the Celestial Room cast bright radiance throughout. The illustriousness of the room is not just for aesthetics, it plays a functional role in the teachings of the temple through symbolism.
The Celestial Room, of Salt Lake and other temples, represents The Celestial Kingdom, which is the Kingdom of God and the highest of the Three Kingdoms of Glory. In the Bible it is compared to the glory of the sun. The Celestial Room marks the culmination of the endowment ceremony, wherein patrons are taught, through liturgy and symbolism, of our ascension from a fallen mortal condition to a redeemed and exalted state into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. When patrons enter the Celestial Room it is symbolic of entering into the kingdom and the presence of Jesus Christ and God The Father. The elevated ceiling draws the eyes heavenward and reminds us to look to the God of Heaven for guidance. The beauty of the room is a representation of the beauty of the love of God, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The room is brightly lit to represent the glory, light and truth of Christ.
The Salt Lake Temple Celestial Room is used as a place for quiet reflection, for prayer, for receiving inspiration, for spiritual rejuvenation and for drawing closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus. While in the Celestial Room, people whisper to show reverence to God and to maintain the tranquil spirit of the room. Spending time in the Celestial Room with husbands, wives, family members and other loved ones reminds us that as long as we keep our faith in Christ and are true to our temple covenants, we will be together as an intact family in Heavenly Father's Celestial Kingdom. There is no greater joy than spending time in the temple with your family.
"And thus we saw the glory of the celestial, which excels in all things--where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever; Before whose throne all things bow in humble reverence, and give him glory forever and ever." Doctrine and Covenants 76:92-93