Mesa, Arizona: Peek-a-Boo Jesus at LDS Visitor Center

A Latter Day Saints temple visitors' center features a messianic reveal as one of its main attractions. The curtains open and Jesus greets you, standing in front of a painted backdrop of planets and heavenly clouds.

Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center

Address:
525 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ
Directions:
Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors' Center. I-10 exit 154. Drive east on US Hwy 60 for 7.5 miles. Exit onto S. Country Club Drive. Turn left, drive two miles. Turn right onto W. Main St. Drive a little over a mile. You'll see the big lawn and Center on the right. Just past it turn right onto S. Hobson St. and drive to he parking lot.
Hours:
Daily 9-9 (Call to verify)
Phone:
480-964-7164
Admission:
Free
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Christ statue.

Peek-a-Boo Jesus at LDS Visitor Center

Jesus is just out and about these days. The curtain is there but there's no drama -- he's just hanging out in the lobby. Nothing special to see here...unfortunately.

[Beth Morrison, 12/20/2017]

Miscalculation by the LDS folks regarding the role of mystery in religious enlightenment? Or curtain rail needs oiling?

Peek-a-Boo Jesus at LDS Visitor Center

Not only does this massive Jesus "peek-a-boo" at you, but he speaks: very Book of Mormon (the musical) style. Warning: you can't really just stop in and check out Jesus. You will have to go through a proselytizing tour of the center (with videos about the afterlife and all) to get through your visit -- which, of course, is funny and awkward all on its own, especially when your nice young Mormon missionary reads you quotes from Joseph Smith or the angel Moroni in Spanish (the main mission crowd here) and asks what you think.

"Um, sounds good?"

[Yana, 03/11/2015]

Peek a Boo.

LDS Visitor Center

The visitors center features a "Peek-A-Boo Jesus" as one of its main attractions. The curtains open and Jesus greets you. When the curtains close visitors are given a presentation. During November and December the grounds are decked out with thousands of lights in a festive display. According to one web site over one million people come to see the lights. No proselytizing occurs! The Temple was commissioned in 1919 and underwent some renovations and a rededication in 1975.

[S. Brian Berkun, 12/11/2012]

The large Christ statue stands in front of a painted backdrop of planets and clouds in the heavenly firmament.

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