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Mormon History Coloring Book, 1923: August, “Temple Building”

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 24, 2009

Temples were such scarce buildings in 1923 that the Children’s Friend increased its monthly coloring book page-allotment to seven that August, including a drawing of the Mesa Temple’s foundation in order to have a full catalog of Latter-day Saint temples. Beyond that, it is remarkable how well the Children’s Friend‘s unknown artist was able to depict the distinctive, complex architecture of each temple in a few outline strokes.

As with all other entries in this series, these pictures were intended to be colored and mounted by Primary teachers and used as visual aids during their lesson that month.

The Arizona Temple (Foundation)

The children are all glad to help
To build the temples new,
They save and give their pennies and
They cheer the workers, too.

The St. George Temple

Oft times the little children
Are to the temples led,
And there, in water, are baptized,
The living for the dead.

The Manti Temple

Here ordinances can be performed
That last beyond this life.
The child is to its parents sealed,
The husband to the wife.

The Logan Temple

Young couples go up to this house
That they might married be,
Not only for this life alone,
But for eternity.

The Temple in Canada

A keeper is inside the gate,
You’ll ever find it so,
For only those who serve the Lord
Can to the temples go.

The Temple in Hawaii

Not only here at home, but on
The island’s distant shore
The work in temples is performed
As in days of yore.

The Salt Lake Temple

Great throngs of people young and old
Arrive by night and day,
To do the work for kindred dead
In God’s appointed way.



  1. Given the importance that we now give to the statue of Moroni, it’s interesting that the statue is cut off from the one temple that had one. By contrast a few years ago, the Friend depicted the Manti Temple with an angel on its west tower, apparently thinking kids wouldn’t otherwise recognize it as a temple.

    Also interesting is the Utah-centric text with the Hawaii Temple.

    Comment by Left Field — May 24, 2009 @ 6:45 am

  2. Apologies if this has been discussed previously, but does the phrase about “little children” being baptised for the dead in the temple refer to them doing so before age 12?

    I know that things were a lot different in the earlier part of this dispensation; a friend of mine told me that her parent/grandparent was baptised for themselves at age eight in the Cardston Temple, apparently a common practice.

    Comment by Alison — May 25, 2009 @ 11:20 am

  3. Alison, I don’t think we’ve discussed that at all. You’re right, children as young as 8, once having been baptized themselves, did often go to the temple, sometimes with Primary classes and sometimes just as a family thing, to do baptisms for the dead. Somewhere in my stack of potential posts I have a story or two regarding little kids and the temple that I’ll find again, sooner or later.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 25, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  4. Thanks for posting these. I finally followed the example of your other reader (I can’t remember the name right now) and printed a bunch of these off for my six-year-old to color during church.

    Comment by Researcher — May 25, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

  5. I had a question for whoever has the copyright to these pictures. My brother printed out your Manti Temple so that he could use it to trace it and burn it on wood. He was giving it to my aunt for Christmas but it turned out really awesome and I told him he should make more of them to sell. I’m trying to figure out the legal side of things for him before he tries to jump into it. Is there any way to get a release form for this if it’s something you would be ok with? Please get back wtih me! Thank you!


    Comment by Tessia White — December 22, 2015 @ 11:58 am

  6. Tessia, the images in that series are in the public domain because of the date of their original publication. You’re free to use them however you wish (but it was kind of you to ask). How about sending a photo of the wood-burned version for posting here? I wouldn’t want to post advertising if you do go ahead with marketing, but a nice friendly general comment (not a sales pitch), with your signature linked to a webpage for your artwork, might be okay.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 22, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

  7. The Manti temple, my personal favorite, should have a platform on the west tower instead of two steeples. Just in case others use the art for something.

    Comment by Rachelle — December 22, 2015 @ 6:12 pm

  8. We don’t have a website yet, but I’d love to send you a picture if you would like to see how they are turning out! Or Once we get a website, I will post the link! Thanks again!

    Comment by Tessia White — December 28, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

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