1. In reality, the first “statue” angel was a weathervane.
The Nauvoo temple was the first to have an angel on a spire, and it was a simple weather vane portraying a restoration’s non-specific angel.
2. The sculptor of the first modern angel’s statue, Cyrus E. Dallin, was not a member.
Dallin claimed not to believe in angels, but he accepted the commission at the urging of his mother and designed the first angel Moroni standing on the Temple of Salt Lake City.
3. There are six different designs of angel Moroni.
For the groundbreaking small temples of President Hinckley, the most traditional Moroni model was made. It really is on 74 spires in the temple.
4. Not until the late 1970s, Moroni was usually put on temples.
Modern angel statues of Moroni were too large to be mounted on the spires of most temples. Each of the first statues weighed over a ton. Only about 350 pounds weigh the new statues.
5. Initially, there was a white angel Moroni in the Monticello Utah Temple.
The white statue was taken down and redone in the gold leaf because it was difficult to see. The polished statue is now on top of the Ohio Temple in Columbus.
6. Revelation 14 inspired the original angel Moroni sculpture.
The original angel Moroni was created, by Cyrus E. Dallin, on the basis of his study of Revelation 14 and other Holy Literature of the church, the upright model we are today.
7. Only 10 temples have Moroni holding something in his left hand.
You can spy a plates-toting version of Moroni on the Los Angeles California, Washington D.C., Seattle Washington, Jordan River Utah, and Mexico City Mexico Temples. Or you will search for a scroll-carrying version of the Moroni statue on the Anchorage Alaska, Bismarck North Dakota, Columbus Ohio, Kona Hawaii, and Caracas Venezuela Temples.
8. Many Moroni statues are fiberglass light and gold leafed.
However, Moroni early angel statues were made of bronze, copper, or aluminum (though still leafy in gold).
9. During the renovations, seven temples had their angel Moroni attached.
The Freiberg Germany, Ogden Utah, Provo Utah, Sao Paulo Brazil, Osaka, Japan, Bern Switzerland, and London UK temples were added to Angel Moroni’s statues In the process of repairs they were added. It is also possible, as occurred with the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, to add Moroni statues if requested by the temple district.
10. Not all the statues of Angel Moroni look east.
The temples of Seattle Washington, Manila Philippines, Taipei Taiwan, Spokane Washington, and Nauvoo Illinois have a western-facing angel Moroni due to a lot of orientation and spire positioning.