The Salt Lake Temple Creation Room
The Creation Room of the Salt Lake Temple is the first of four ordinance rooms that are used to present the temple endowment to patrons. The word endowment means the bestowal of a gift. The endowment patrons receive in the temple is the blessings necessary to return to God's presence. In the endowment patrons learn about God's Plan of Salvation, which entail learning about where we've been, why we're here, the redemption of mankind through Christ's atonement, and our returning to Heavenly Father. During the ceremony, each person makes covenants with God, under the administration of Christ's Priesthood, that reinforce their faith and discipleship to Jesus Christ.
The Creation Room is located on the first floor of the Salt Lake Temple. The room represents the creation of the earth by Jesus Christ, under the direction of God, The Eternal Father. The walls of the Salt Lake Temple creation room are adorned with a mural depicting various scenes from the six days of creation. This aesthetic tool enhances the symbolism of the room and enriches the temple worship experience for the patron.
In the creation room, the patrons hear a presentation that teaches about our Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness for us, our premortal life with God, the Nature of The Godhead and how They are one, and the days of creation—including the creation of Adam and Eve. In the Creation Room, and in all rooms in the temple, patrons wear white clothing. This is to represent that we are all equal before God, and about being morally and spiritually clean.
The Salt Lake Temple is an example of temples that were built with the four-room progressive style design. The progressive style entailed patrons ascending from room to room (as this tour will illustrate) as a metaphor that teaches the gospel principles of redemption and ascension to God through His Son, Jesus Christ.