Entrance to the Temple is gained by ascending a flight of three, five, seven, and nine steps - a staircase that has been ranked as one of Salt Lakes most monumental.
Flanking the entrance is a pair of sphinx, guarding the entrance to the Temple. Between their paws are granite spheres, polished and inscribed to represent the Celestial sphere and the Terrestrial sphere. The head of each sphinx is in position to contemplate the sphere lying between its paws, symbolizing the inspection of the earth and the heavens. The sphinxes and the spheres were carved locally. The granite for the sphinxes was quarried in Little Cottonwood Canyon; the spheres are Eastern Onyx.
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