Temple Doors ~Salt Lake Temple by Jan  Tribe

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in The world as we See it… or as we missed it 3/26/2010

This is a close up of the door knobs on one of the Eastern doors of the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The carvings hold significance to Utah and the Pioneers who settled the Valley in 1847. The construction on the temple began in 1853 and it took them 40 years to complete. These are the dates that are inscribed above the the door knobs.The beehive in the center of the knobs is the state symbol standing for industry.The Beehive and word “industry” became the official motto and emblem for Utah on March 4, 1959. Industry is associated with the symbol of the beehive. The early pioneers had few material resources at their disposal and therefore had to rely on their own “industry” to survive. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained along with the word “industry” on the seal and flag when Utah became a state in 1896.

The words “Holiness to the Lord” surround the symbol of the beehive. The temple was built in Holiness to the Lord and is dedicated as the House of the Lord.

These doors are not used as a regular entrance to the temple today, but show the beauty and workmanship of those who built this beautiful temple. If you ever visit you will notice that this is a popular place for Brides and Grooms after marrying in the temple to pose for pictures.


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  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

    Good capture!

  • Thank you Trish!!

    – Jan Tribe

  • Debbie Meyers
    Debbie Meyersover 4 years ago

    Wow, what beautiful doorknobs, excellent image!

  • Thanks Debbie! I think they are beautiful too… they don’t make door knobs like these anymore….! thanks so much!

    – Jan Tribe

  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 4 years ago

    I love taking doors – this is a fabulous shot – so crisp with much detail. Great info on it too. Wonderful. Liz

  • Thank you Liz! so glad you like it!! I appreciate your commenting!

    – Jan Tribe

  • reindeer
    reindeerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful antique artistry….Beautiful detail.

  • Thank you!

    – Jan Tribe

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    brilliant shot Shaneran & the narrative is so interesting.
  • Thank you Malcolm!! so glad you like it! ♥

    – Jan Tribe

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    An interesting image Jan and fascinating narrative. Being a curious person, I have to ask, when the doors are opened, does it require two people with the two different keys to gain access?

  • Thanks Trish! to answer your question…. it looks like it. These doors aren’t used and are kept locked. There is a separate entrance and exit that is used …. it is a building to the side of the temple and connects to the temple. On Utah. gov it says that the temple doors are sealed awaiting the second coming of Jesus Christ. Thanks for your comment and question.

    – Jan Tribe

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

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