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


"Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress."

Psalms 71:3

The Salt Lake Temple Recessed Windows


Salt Lake Temple Recessed Windows

When Elder J. Golden Kimball said that every window of the Salt Lake Temple speaks of the things of God, he wasn't exaggerating. Even the recessed windows have their own symbolism.

Days after Brigham Young, 2nd President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, he stood in a barren field and staked out the location of the temple. President Young said he wanted the Salt Lake Temple to be a monument of faith that would endure through the millennium. To accomplish this the temple builders used solid granite that was cut from a local canyon for the structure. The builders of the Salt Lake Temple also chose to recess the windows to emphasize the durability and stability of the temple walls, which are 9-feet-thick at the base.

The recessed windows contribute to the fortress-like appearance of the temple, which reinforces the symbolism of: 1. God being our fortress (Psalms 18:2); 2. the temple being our spiritual refuge; and 3. the protection from evil and temptation offered by the priesthood and by keeping the covenants made with God in the temple.

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