This painting depicts the Logan Temple, nestled in the Cache Valley, during winter. Al Rounds finds inspiration for his paintings in his native Utah, “where pioneer history still crowds the fence lines and farmsteads of every town.”1 He specializes in architectural landscapes such as this one.
The history of Cache County records, “The temple will always stand as a monument of hard labor, sacrifice and sincere devotion to a cause of the early settlers of Logan and Cache Valley. Upon entering the Valley from any point it is the first object to greet the eye. It stands out in bold relief and at certain hours of the day when the sun’s rays strike it, it has a beautiful luster about it.”2 This painting captures both the prominence of the temple and its luster in the winter sun.
Temples are central to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Ezra Taft Benson said, “Temples are places of personal revelation. When I have been weighed down by a problem or a difficulty, I have gone to the House of the Lord with a prayer in my heart for answers. The answers have come in clear and unmistakable ways.”3
Further reading: “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples”