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 they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."

Daniel 12:3

The Salt Lake Temple Ursa Major / Big Dipper


Ursa Major Depicted On The Salt Lake Temple

The constellation of Ursa Major, commonly known as The Big Dipper, is depicted at the top of the center tower on the West face of the Salt Lake Temple. This stone carving of the Big Dipper is comprised of seven six-point stars that are arranged on the Salt Lake Temple wall so it points toward the North Star in the night sky—just like the actual Big Dipper.

Salt Lake Temple West Tower
For thousands of years, people used Ursa Major to find their way in the dark of night. The depiction of Ursa Major, and its positioning toward the North Star, symbolizes people finding their way back to God. Truman Angell, the architect of the Salt Lake Temple, explained that it was placed on a tower representing the priesthood so as testify to people that "The lost may find themselves by the Priesthood."

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