The Meanings of the Symbols
on the Salt Lake Temple
In 1915, Elder J. Golden Kimball said of the Salt Lake Temple, "When I think about that building, every stone in it is a sermon to me. It tells of suffering, it tells of sacrifice, it preaches--every rock in it, preaches a discourse. ... Any man who will come ... and listen to the guides will learn that every window, every steeple, everything about the Temple speaks of the things of God, and gives evidence of the faith of the people who built it."
The Salt Lake Temple is a house of learning, a house of prayer, a house of God. During His mortal ministry, Jesus taught using symbols and His house is no different. When Elder Kimball said every stone meant something he wasn't exaggerating. The exterior walls of the Salt Lake Temple are richly adorned with symbols in the form of images, motifs and structures that teach and testify of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the holy priesthood, God's Kingdom, redemption through Jesus Christ, and God's Plan of Happiness for us. Click on the arrow to learn about each of these symbols on the temple walls and their corresponding meanings.
Want to see the inside? Click on the link to see the rooms in the Salt Lake Temple