Salt Lake Temple
Exterior Symbols

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Temple As A Symbol

Ascension Symbolism

Squared Circle

Towers and Spires


Acanthus Buds

Angel Moroni Statue


Recessed Windows

Door Portal Niches

Main Doors

Door Plates and Knobs


Clasping Hands

Alpha & Omega

All-Seeing Eye

Dedication Plaque

Cloud Stones

Astronomy Symbols

Big Dipper

Star Stones

Earth Stones

Moon Stones

Sun Stones


"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Revelation 2:7

The Salt Lake Temple Acanthus Buds


The Salt Lake Temple Acanthus Buds

An acanthus bud adorns the apex of each of the pinnacles on the Salt Lake Temple spires. These acanthus buds are sometimes mistaken for torches because of how they look from a distance.

Acanthus buds are a symbol of resurrection and paradise. Resurrection pertains to the Latter-day Saint belief in the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ and, thanks to Him, all of mankind. We believe that those who accept Jesus Christ and honor their temple covenants will live in a paradisaical state after their physical death, and while they await final judgment. A symbol for paradise is also a relevant symbol for the temple in that temple patrons symbolically enter into God's presence.

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