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


"And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple."

2 Kings 11:11

The Salt Lake Temple Door Niches


The Salt Lake Temple Doorway Niches

The niches are located right next to the east and west doors of the Salt Lake Temple. Their symbolism has reference to the temples of Israel. In the Old Testament, it reads that there would be door keepers at the temple standing watch and guarding the entrance. The niches on the Salt Lake Temple commemorate this guard post. These niches are also symbolic posts for angels that keep watch over the temple.

When the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated, statues of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith stood in the niches by the East doors. The statues stood as sentinels keeping their watch. The statues were later removed and placed on the temple grounds. The temple niches have become a popular photograph spot for newlyweds, tourists and families visiting the temple.

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