https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/5/11 ... tinghousesImages of Jesus Christ will become the dominant, standard feature of the foyers of Latter-day Saint meetinghouses, according to a letter sent Monday morning by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Many meetinghouses already feature prints of paintings focused on Christ, but Monday’s letter standardizes that approach as part of President Russell M. Nelson’s call in 2018 to emphasize that “Jesus Christ is at the center of His church.”
“We are grateful for your continued efforts to use the complete name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Monday’s letter, signed by President Nelson and his counselors, Presidents Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring. “To further testify of our central belief in Jesus Christ, we desire that our meetinghouses reflect an attitude of reverence for the Savior.”
If the Church truly wanted its buildings to reflect the Saviour then they wouldn't be building ornate temples out of costly materials, with expensive chandeliers and furnishings. But I digress. To help with this brand compliance Stake Presidents are to be given a checklist.
I know what you're thinking - surely the Church that reflects Christ has better things than branding instructions to be focussed on during a global pandemic that will adversely affect billions of people? Well, apparently not.Stake presidents, who oversee meetinghouses for multiple congregations, and facilities managers will assess the foyers of every meetinghouse to ensure that unobstructed, Christ-centered art is the dominant feature.
The assessments will follow five guidelines:
1. Place existing artwork that depicts the Savior himself or the Savior ministering to others in meetinghouse entries and foyers. Examine existing artwork to ensure that it is appropriately framed, displayed and in good condition.
2. Move other artwork to another location within the facility or remove it altogether.
3. Choose replacement art, if needed, from the Approved Selection of Foyer Artwork (attached to the First Presidency letter) and follow approved sizes and quality standards.
4. Assess entries and foyers as part of an annual inspection to evaluate existing furnishings, artwork and finishes. Replace and update these items as needed to maintain a feeling of reverence for the Savior.
5. Remove from the foyer areas distractions, such as display cases, bulletin boards, tables, easels, and damaged furniture.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are grateful for your continued efforts to use the complete name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To further testify of our central belief in Jesus Christ, we desire that our meetinghouses reflect an attitude of reverence for the Savior.
Therefore, placement of art representing Jesus Christ in meetinghouse foyers and entryways has been authorized. Local facilities managers will contact and work with stake presidents to evaluate foyers and make necessary modifications consistent with the attached guidelines.
Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
Henry B. Eyring
The First Presidency