One of the most common questions I receive about LDS Temples is “What is the statue on top?” I have heard many guesses, perhaps the most common being Angel Gabriel, but few non-LDS people know that is in fact the angel Moroni.
Why is the angel Moroni on Latter-day Saint temples? The primary reason is because of his tremendous significance in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the preparation of the prophet Joseph Smith, and the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in its fulness to the earth.
After being placed on the Salt Lake Temple after its completion in 1893, the statue of the angel Moroni has since been placed on many other LDS temples. It has become an unofficial symbol for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is recognized throughout the world.
Latter-day Saints consider Revelation 14:6 to be a reference to the Angel Moroni when John recorded, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”