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This chapter explores how Mormon architecture and art have met the practical needs and expressed the spiritual ideals of the Latter-day Saints throughout their history. Meetinghouses, tabernacles, and temples, while providing useful places for worship, educational, and social gatherings, have also reflected a shifting Mormon cultural identity through a blend of distinctive LDS elements and outside architectural influences. From the church’s beginnings to the present, LDS painters and sculptors, sometimes working without official church sponsorship, have created vivid images of the Mormon experience: portraits of church leaders, historical scenes, depictions of scriptural stories, temple murals, landscapes of the Mormon homeland, and monumental sculpture commemorating important events and heroes.
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