Salt Lake Temple
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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


"I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."

Isaiah 42:6-7

The Salt Lake Temple Clasping Hands Motif


The Salt Lake Temple Clasped Hands Symbol


There is a carving of clasping hands on the Salt Lake Temple located just above the first window on the center tower of the East and West faces. The clasped hands are encircled within a depiction of beams of light.

The hand clasp motif is a symbol that references offering the "right hands of fellowship" (Galations 2:9), and is an expression of people's equal relationship within the gospel of Jesus Christ. The clasping hands is also figurative of entering into a covenant with God.

The oval ring surrounding the hands represents the eternal and everlasting nature of God's covenants because a ring has no beginning and no end. The rays of light emanating from the oval ring signify fellowshipping with God and angels; and receiving knowledge from Him. (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Making covenants and fellowshipping between members, God and angels, and receiving knowledge from God are all pertinent to temple worship.

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