Some of you may recall that I was going to a wedding for a friend at a Mormon church. My friend, who is a baptized Catholic, decided to marry in her church, because of some rather unsound reasons (it’s free… apparently they have a rule that they can’t charge for the services or the facility?). In any case, the ceremony was rather short & sweet. Perhaps some other LDS here can contrast it… it went something like this:
Bride marches down the aisle, while groom is already up front.
The both sit down in the front row, while the “bishop” prayed, gave and gave a short sermon. Next, a solo singer came up and sang a secular love song for the audience. Finally, the bride & groom stood up front and the bishop had them repeat their brief vows and exchange rings. Kiss the bride, followed by a non-processional exit.
It was almost as if the ceremony is intentionally stripped of any real “ceremonial” aspects, strictly for the purpose of being non-ceremonial. Is this typical LDS?..
Also, the church itself was extremely “bare” in its design and decor. Is this also typical? I come from a Southern Baptist background, and (for perspective) this was a lot more bare than even a Baptist church. Again, as if the intent is to specifically lack decoration of any kind. Not even a cross in sight. Also, missing was a center-aisle. I presume to go against the idea of having any kind of procession down the aisle…
I took a picture of the empty church (as we were asked not to take pictures during the ceremony):
and I also took a picture of a painting (I think a print) in the lobby area. Can someone tell me what this depicts? Who is the guy on the right?