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


"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:"

1 Peter 5:6

The Salt Lake Temple Utilizing Ascension as a Symbol


The Salt Lake Temple East Face

The symbology and architectural design of the Salt Lake Temple follows an ascending order from the foundation of the edifice upward to the spires; and from the flanking spires to the elevated center spires. This ascension is intended to draw the eyes toward heaven. This symbolizes the need for mankind to look to Heaven for guidance; and to watch for the signs of the return of Jesus Christ, which will be manifest in the sky.

Ascension also symbolizes the spiritual journey and progression of mankind from a fallen, mortal state to a redeemed and exalted state through Jesus Christ.

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