The Salt Lake Temple Garden Room
The Garden Room of the Salt Lake Temple is the second of four ordinance rooms that are used to present the temple endowment to patrons. It is located on the first floor of the temple and is adjacent to the Creation Room, but at an inclined level.
Just as Christ taught using parables, the temple teaches using symbolism. The Salt Lake Temple Garden Room is a representation of the Garden of Eden. The walls are adorned with a mural that depicts the paradisaical nature of Eden, including one scene with a lion and lamb sitting peacefully together. At the front of the room the mural has a depiction of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The altar in the room is a symbolic representation of Jesus Christ. As patrons kneel at the altar, they are figuratively kneeling before The Savior.
In the Garden Room, patrons learn about the events that transpired in the Garden of Eden. This includes: Adam and Eve’s introduction to the Garden of Eden and the commandments given to them by Heavenly Father and Jesus; what their life was like during that time; Lucifer tempting Adam, then Eve, with the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; The Fall and and its reasons and consequences; and Adam and Eve's subsequent expulsion from Eden. In connection with The Fall, patrons also learn about hope through Heavenly Father's Plan of Redemption, and the role of Jesus Christ as Savior of the World.
In the Garden Room and other temple ordinance rooms, patrons make covenants with Heavenly Father and Jesus under the direction of the holy priesthood. In this room, patrons make covenants to keep and obey God’s commandments, laws, and gospel principles. Since a covenant is a two-way agreement, there are corresponding blessings that are promised for honoring these covenants. These include the blessings of salvation and returning to live with God The Father and Jesus.
The Salt Lake Temple is an example of one of 12 temples that were built with the four-room progressive style design. The progressive style entailed patrons ascending from room to room (as this tour is illustrating) as a metaphor that teaches the gospel principles of redemption and ascension to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. When the Salt Lake Temple was first built the Garden Room was filled with real plants and foliage that were cultivated in a greenhouse that was adjacent to the Garden Room. Temple patrons would walk through the greenhouse annex to give them feeling of walking through a real garden. The entrance to the greenhouse was through the curtained archways at the front of the Garden Room. The temple greenhouse was removed in the 1940's.