As a young girl I went to Temple Square every Christmas season with my family. The one thing I remember most was walking up a circular walk way towards what looked like heaven. I felt as though I was standing there amongst the planets, stars, and clouds. Looking up I saw a grand, white statue of a man we believed to be Jesus the Christ, son of the Lord, our Father in Heaven. Although I do not practice the faith I still have many fond memories of Temple Square, the Visitor’s Centers and most of all The Christus statue.
The Christus statue at Temple Square was a gift from President David O. McKay’s counselor, Stephen L Richards in 1965. It is a replica of an original crafted in 1821. The Danish Sculptor, Bertel Thorvaldsen made the statue depicting Christ after resurrection with a profound connotation that Jesus Christ was and still is the son of God and the redeemer of the world.
Whether you believe in Jesus, or the LDS religion or not, the statue is beautiful as is the background painting surrounding the Christus.