The Salt Lake Temple Acanthus Buds
An acanthus bud adorns the apex of each of the pinnacles on the Salt Lake Temple spires. These acanthus buds are sometimes mistaken for torches because of how they look from a distance.
Acanthus buds are a symbol of resurrection and paradise. Resurrection pertains to the Latter-day Saint belief in the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ and, thanks to Him, all of mankind. We believe that those who accept Jesus Christ and honor their temple covenants will live in a paradisaical state after their physical death, and while they await final judgment. A symbol for paradise is also a relevant symbol for the temple in that temple patrons symbolically enter into God's presence.