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.