Who Sculpted the Angel Moroni Statue?
1. Cyrus Edwin Dallin was the sculptor of the Salt Lake Temple Angel Moroni statue. He also designed the Brigham Young Monument on Main Street near the temple. Other great works of Dallin include: Paul Revere and Appeal to the Great Spirit, both featured in Boston.
2. Dallin’s Angel Moroni statue is neoclassical in design, molded in hammered copper and covered in 22-karat gold leaf.
3. The statue stands 12 feet 5 inches tall and most likely weighs a few thousand pounds – the actual weight is not known, but based on Angel Moroni statues made soon after that weigh between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds, it is estimated this statue weighs similarly.
What does the Angel Moroni Statue Symbolize?
4. Dallin was not a member of the LDS church, but he was asked by LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff to build something for the central spire of the Temple. Through Dallin’s research he felt Moroni would be the perfect symbol to represent the restoration of the gospel since scripture states the angel to visit Joseph Smith and the guardian of the gold plates was Moroni.
5. Angel Moroni holds a trumpet to symbolize the spreading of the gospel and the Second Coming of the Savior. Angel Moroni statues atop temples usually face east, when possible. This represents the Second Coming of Christ as it is stated in scripture that Christ will come from the east.
6. The Salt Lake Temple was the first LDS temple to have an angel statue specifically identified as Angel Moroni.
How Long has the Statue Stood Atop the Salt Lake Temple?
7. The statue was placed on top of the temple on April 6, 1892, exactly one year before the temple’s completion.
8. A full-size Angel Moroni statue is featured in the Church History Museum just west of Temple Square.