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20 little-known facts about the Mormon Angel Moroni statue

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 3:46 p.m. MDT

The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple had its Angel Moroni replaced after the old one was struck by lightning. The new Angel Moroni stands 13 feet 8 inches and is made of fiber glass with a gold leaf covering. (Brendan Sullivan, Deseret News archives) The Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple had its Angel Moroni replaced after the old one was struck by lightning. The new Angel Moroni stands 13 feet 8 inches and is made of fiber glass with a gold leaf covering. (Brendan Sullivan, Deseret News archives)

Did you know that one of the heaviest Angel Moroni statues weighs 4,000 pounds, that one statue was originally white or that the statue usually faces east?

With temples all over the world, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has adorned the skyline with angel statues for 167 years, ever since the Nauvoo Temple was dedicated in 1846.

The Nauvoo Temple, however, did not feature the same type of statue LDS Church members are familiar with today.

According to articles in the New Era and Liahona magazines, the statue's design has gone through many iterations and has an intriguing history.

How much do you know about this Mormon icon?

Click here to read 20 little-known facts and stories about the Angel Moroni statue.

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