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The Alpha and Omega Scroll Stone
There is a stone carving of a scroll on the keystone over the first window on the center tower of the east and west faces of the Salt Lake Temple. The scroll has a gilded inscription on it, which reads, "I am Alpha and Omega".
The keystone is a symbol that represents the priesthood and the New and Everlasting Covenant.
In ancient times, the prophets and inspired writers recorded the scriptures on scrolls, (example Jeremiah 36:2). So the stone scroll on the temple is symbolic of the Word of God.
The inscription "I Am Alpha and Omega" is a reference to Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Jesus refers to himself as "I Am" (John 8:58), indicating that He is Jehovah, the God of The Old Testament. In Revelation 22:13, Jesus is called Alpha and Omega.
Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last. These words are used figuratively to teach the eternal nature of Jesus’ existence. Elder Bruce McConkie explains, “He was God "in the beginning" (John 1:1-3); he is God now; he will be God in the "end," that is to all eternity. The beginning is the pre-existent eternity that went before; the end is the immortal eternity that is to come.”
Inscribing Jesus’ names on the temple designates that the temple is His. If it was someone else’s then their name would be on it.
The keystone, scroll and inscription combined suggest that the temple is where the words and blessings of Christ are given by authority of His priesthood.
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"For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually."
2 Chronicles 7:16