Sinister Sites – Temple Square, Utah


Situated at the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple Square is the spiritual, cultural and administrative center of the Mormon faith.  This ten acres plot of land includes a Temple, a domed tabernacle and numerous buildings,  monuments and memorials. While this place may seem holy and wholesome, a closer look at the structures reveal the presence of occult, pagan and masonic symbols. A deeper study of those grounds only adds to the controversy regarding Mormonism and reveals the disturbing truth about its real god.


This article’s intent is not to condemn Mormonism as a faith, but rather  to analyze the symbols in Temple Square in an objective matter. A visitor of this religious area finds himself surrounded with symbols esoterically associated with Black Magic, evil or ancient paganism. Why are these symbols visible on supposedly Christian buildings, of all places? Many ex-Mormons have claimed that the LDS secretly leads followers to the worship of Lucifer. Are they right?

The Temple

The Temple is the centerpiece of Temple Square and acts as the heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The building itself is stern and imposing and surrounded with many sculptures. It is said to accomplish the same functions as the ancient Temple of Jerusalem. While we can write pages on how this is not true, we’ll focus on the structure itself.

Temple Square

Inverted Pentagram

The exterior of the Temple contains numerous symbols which are not simply remnants of ancient paganism but directly associated with evil. The most blatant symbol is the inverted pentagram.


This symbol is found all around Temple Square, in multiple forms. An upright pentagram stands for the five elements, protection against malignant spirits and is an embodiment of the Golden Proportion. It also signifies the dominance of the divine spirit on the lower nature of Man. Conversely, an upside down pentagram represents the submission of the spirit to matter and the submission of man to his lowest impulses.

Eliphas Levi’s rendering of the upright and inverted pentagram. Contrarily to popular belief, Levi did not come up with the use of the inverted pentagram as a negative symbol. It was used in ritual magick centuries before the publication of his work.

“The pentagram with one point upwards repels evil, but a reversed pentagram, with two points upwards, is a symbol of the Devil and attracts sinister forces because it is upside down and because it stands for the number 2. It represents the great Goat of the witches’ sabbath and the two upward points are the Goat’s horn.”
-Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts

Sun, Moon and Stars



The walls of the Temple bear Sun stones, phases of the moon and stars (in the form of inverted pentagrams). Those three celestial bodies can be found in ancient pagan temples and their use can be traced back to the times of Baal Worship. Through Mystery Religion, occult orders like the Freemasons have preserved those symbols and still apply them on their own monuments.

All Seeing-Eye


This classic masonic symbol representing the “Great Architect” is right on the facade of the Temple. It is surrounded by glory and a veil. It most probably represents the initiatic process of the Mormon Church, which is very similar to the one Freemasons go through.


Secret Handshake


Like Freemasons, Mormons learn secret handshakes and passwords during their initiation process. This handshake is on the facade of the Temple and is similar to the handshakes portrayed on Masonic buildings and monuments such as this one:


On top of the handshake is the saying “I am Alpha and Omega”, which is taken from the Book of Revelation. It can be translated as “I am the beginning and the end”. The fact that it is placed on top of the handshake, the symbol representing LDS’s secret doctrine, makes me wonder who is the Alpha and Omega.

Baptismal Font


Each Mormon Temple has its own baptismal font, mounted on the backs of twelve life-size oxen.  Mormons say it is modeled after the “laver” which was situated at the entrance of Solomon’s Temple. The only thing they’ve forgotten to mention is that the laver was used by priests to clean themselves after animal sacrifices (laver means “to clean”). It was not used to baptize people. It was certainly not used for the “baptism of the dead”, a Mormon practice where deceased people become posthumously part of the Mormon church. Numerous scandalous baptisms have taken place where, for example, holocaust victims were baptized without the family’s consent. More recently, Barak Obama’s mother, who died of cancer has been baptized by the Mormons without consent. There is no trace of this disturbing practice in ancient Christianity or Judaism. Ex-Mormons who have witnessed these ceremonies say the rituals dwell in the fields of witchcraft and spirit invocation.


Museum of Church History and Art

This museum displays exhibits celebrating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its history. You can find information about their migration, settlements, and the men who have served as prophets and presidents from 1830 to the present. There is also a special kid’s corner. What better place to display…inverted pentagrams?

Entrance of the Museum

Inverted Pentagrams


These two pentagrams appear at the entrance of the Museum of Church History and Art. Once again, it is important to stress the significance of this symbol as it is the equivalent of placing an upside-down cross right on a church.

“In symbolism, an inverted figure always signifies a perverted power. The average person does not even suspect the occult properties of emblematic pentacles.”
-Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

The circled pentagram on the left is particularly significant due to the fact that it is used in Black Magick rituals.

“The black magician cannot use the symbols of white magic without bringing down upon himself the forces of white magic, which would be fatal to his schemes. He must therefore distort the hierograms so that they typify the occult fact that he himself is distorting the principles for which the symbols stand. Black magic is not a fundamental art; it is the misuse of an art. Therefore it has no symbols of its own. It
merely takes the emblematic figures of white magic, and by inverting and reversing them signifies that it is left-handed.

The pentagram is used extensively in black magic, but when so used its form always differs in one of three ways: The star may be broken at one point by not permitting the converging lines to touch; it may be inverted by having one point down and two up; or it may be distorted by having the points of varying lengths. When used in black magic, the pentagram is called the “sign of the cloven hoof,” or the footprint of the Devil. The star with two points upward is also called the “Goat of Mendes,” because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head.”
– Op. Cit

We can find more pentagrams in the museum in…the kid’s corner.


The Visitor’s Center

The Visitor’s Center is a tourist favorite but contains the most disturbing symbolism of Temple Square. It basically reveals the real object of worship of Mormonism.

Christus Statue


The Christus Statue is said to be the icon of the LDS Church and is dramatically displayed in the Visitor’s Center. It is a replica of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s  Christus in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Mormon version is placed in front of an unusual setting: the universe. This might refer to the Gnostic concept of “cosmic Christ”.

One detail is however striking and unusual. You might know that one of the most basic ways to analyze a work of art is through the relation between light and shadow. Well in this setting, the Christus figure is actually casting a shadow on planet Earth. Isn’t Jesus considered the “Light of World”? Casting a shadow on something symbolically means that is it keeping it in darkness and ignorance. If this figure of Jesus isn’t the source of light, what is then? The answer lies within the rotunda of the Visitor’s Center.

The Rotunda


The rotunda faces the Christus statue and bears a special kind of inverted pentagram.

Inverted pentagram with elongated bottom point

The bottom point of the pentagram is elongated. This detail which goes unnoticed by most visitors carries heavy occult meaning. First, the irregular length of the bottom point represents a perversion of the power of Good. Second, this particular pentagram, with the bottom point falling down carries a precise esoteric meaning: the fall of Lucifer, the Fallen Angel, the Morning Star.

“When the upright star turns and the upper point falls to the bottom, it signifies the fall of the Morning Star.”
-Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

After establishing this fact, the light and shadow riddle can easily be solved. Lucifer, the light bearer, is considered the source of light of the universe. The figure representing Jesus Christ blocks the source of light on Earth and thus meaning that Christianity has an obscuring effect on mankind. So this setup, who apparently celebrates the coming of Christ on Earth represents in actuality the exact opposite.

The elite of the LDS in front of Christus

Throughout history, all spiritual currents have regarded light as being the ultimate representation of good, truth, beauty, knowledge and divine wisdom. In all religious art, the source of light is of an utmost importance. Some ex-Mormons have claimed that the LDS worships Lucifer in subtle yet deceitful ways. The symbolism in place sure does corroborate their testimonies.

Cain Offering

Cain’s offering

Another strange feature of the Visitor’s Center is the above arrangement: Adam and Eve kneeling in front of an altar which has fruit on it. This is a reference to Genesis IV, which describes the offerings of Cain and Able to God.

“1. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering.

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

6 And the lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted: and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door: and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

8 And Cain talked with Abet his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”
-Genesis, Chapter IV

To sum up the story, Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve.  Abel was in charge of sheep, while Cain took care of the ground. When it was time to give offerings to God, Abel slew a lamb in sacrifice while Cain gave fruit. God accepted Abel’s gift but rejected Cain’s fruit (the reason for this is unclear). Cain then lost his tempter and ultimately killed his brother.

The sculpture displayed at the LDS church portrays Adam and Eve offering fruit to God while a lamb (Abel’s gift) sits there alive and enjoying its non-sacrificed state. One can’t help but wonder: what does this piece represent if not a sense of resentment (maybe even defiance) towards a cruel and unjust god? Why do we portray Cain’s offering which was rejected by God? The meaning of this arrangement falls right into the beliefs of Luciferians, who see God as a stubborn tyrant. Biblical and mythological figures who defy God are celebrated by the Luciferian doctrine (see the article on the Rockefeller Center). Lucifer, the light-bearer is considered to be the hidden savior of humanity who brought the gift of godliness to humans.

Eagle Gate


Situated at the corner of State St. and South Temple, the Eagle gate is yet another occurrence of an inverted pentagram. We can find on top of it a huge 200-pound eagle clawing a beehive, the symbol of Utah, of Mormonism and coincidentally an important symbol of Freemasonry.

In Conclusion

This article barely scratches the surface on the occult symbols found at Temple Square. There are numerous esoteric concepts that can be studied such as reflective pools (who embody the notion of “As Above so Below”), phallic and yonic symbols, astronomical references to Saturn and many more. Without even having previous knowledge of the history, philosophy or beliefs of the LDS, a symbol-literate person can grasp the core intent of this church by reading the meaning of their art. The rituals, symbols, and modus-operandi of the LDS are directly lifted from Scottish Rite Masonry. The hidden meaning of the art at Temple Square incorporates a mix of pagan and subversive symbolism and subtly celebrates the worship of Lucifer.

I do not claim to be a specialist of Mormonism or of Joseph Smith Jr., the Mormon prophet. I’ve tried to stay as unbiased as possible in the research and composition of this article.  I, however, know that the scriptures warn the world against false prophets and, from what I’ve gathered, Joseph Smith is as false as it gets.  I hate to be the one to say it, but someone has to. Stay vigilant.

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You said: " We like to remember the life of Jesus Christ, not his death."

His death was the most remarkable thing about him. He died for the sins of humanity, and then ROSE FROM THE DEAD. If he hadn't died on the cross, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. That's possibly the single most asinine statement I've ever heard from anyone claiming to be a follower of Christ: " We like to remember the life of Jesus Christ, not his death."

Really? Really. Wow.

John 17:17 says "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." If you look to God's word, it clearly states at Exodus 20:4 (one of the 10 commandments) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:…" The use of "any" images is forbidden! Birds, Stars, Moons, fish, and yes, even crosses! There is no excuse to why using any image is acceptable! Plain and simple! 2Corinthians 5:7 says: "For we walk by faith, not by sight:" Why do those who profess to be Christians choose to use images of Jesus Christ as a helpless baby in a manger, or a dying man on a cross (stake) instead of seeing him with eyes of faith as a Glorious King in heaven, seated… Read more »
Very interesting article. I was brought up Mormon, and I've done babtisms for the dead. I was too young to understand any of it, and was basically just doing as I was told. They don't really even give you that much information on the ceremony or it's purpose, beyond the most simple 3 minute explanation. I haven't been to church in 20 years, and I never really believed the dogma, but I never imagined it was a luciferian, or satanic organization. I actually believed that overall, the church had a net positive affect on its members. Things like maintaining a pure body ("word of wisdom" drink/smoke/coffee, etc.), the 10 commandments, pure mind, etc. That's what I learned in church. I never learned anything from that church that was in anyway anti-social, or what I would call evil. Certainly nothing ever resembling anything satanic, or black magic. I thought the… Read more »

There are plenty of books available in most public libraries, written by Mormon professors and authorities detailing the symbology and the meanings behind them. Please finish your research by talking to actual Mormons to balance those that have an issue with the Church. Then you can claim true journalistic credentials… right now, this article is not balanced and not well researched… and leads anyone with a logical and analytic thought process to begin to question the informaton on the rest of the sites you have here…. read the books, at a minimum, as I did… and then enlighten us with your new and well documented journalistic reportings. Thanks!

I also want to add that we live in a Luciferian world,we always have since the begining of time,some people don't want to realize it or admit it,but it is true,the english language was created for the purpose of using it for a one world language,it has messages that you don't even realize when you speak it,we preform rituals daily to worship "the gods",from our sports, to music ,to religion,etc. We have to realize this, and understand it, our spirit comes from the light but our bodies in this reality do not.

Anyone wondering what is true and what is not, instead of relying on anonymous people on the internet, get on your knees and ask God.

"You only see what you're looking for."

Its weird….I mean, its horrible that they do this…but its highly offensive that they do it so openly. They stayed in secret for so long over so many years, and someone I guess needed attention. Typical spoiled brats. Eventually, this will become common knowledge. They know this, that's why they they're so blatent now, which is funny because with all the "power" they posess, they are scared, and panick often. But….yet, they still exsist so touché bastards

Mormons do not allow anyone of another faith in their churches, but you (Awake and Pissed/Ken) expect that speaking to Mormons will elicit honest insight into what we are seeing on, and in, these buildings? You are very naive if you actually think that Vigilant would get honest and forthcoming information by such an approach. Do you think that speaking to catholic priests, bishops, cardinals, or the pope will get information on why Catholic Churches have occult imagery? I think when some people SEE something that unsettles them, they attempt to look anywhere and to anyone to discount what they have seen. They want an acceptable reason for its existence. If you are truly "awake" you will see that religion is an institution of control that empowers those that wield its devices. I am not saying one should be an atheist, but your faith should allow you to discount those… Read more » theyre not christians. and im sorry i dnt believe whoever he was john sumthng was a prophet.just someone that bent wat the bible said then wrote his own book. they read the book of mormons more than the holy bible. vigilantcitizen this was great. i remember my mother would argue with the mormons everytime they knocked at our she'd leave them speachless. grab her bible and school them i gotta put this page on fb. lol

i honestly believe its how you use symbols, the way illuminati use it is just creepy and dosent feel good. The mormon church is all about agency, they want you to pray and ask God before you join, they want you to have your own testimony not leaning on others.

“We are walking by faith, not by sight.”—2 Corinthians 5:7. Also, “You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that is on the earth underneath or that is in the waters under the earth." – Exodus 20:4 What is God telling us by these two scriptures? That, in order to live a life acceptable to HIS (not our own) standards, we must cultivate faith from the heart. It is also implied that symbols are not needed. With that in mind, one has to ask oneself, "why do most religions adorn their buildings and festivals with symbols, especially similar, parallel symbols? The answer? Because most religions have their roots in Babylon (hence the term "Babylon the Great" in Revelation 18, aka. the world empire of false religion). Babylon was where Nimrod, "a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah" started… Read more »

with the story of Cain and Abel, God rejected Cain's offering because He asked them to bring the best of their offerings, in which Abel brought the whitest and purest of his fold while Cain kept the best for himself and gave God the second best. Just clearing it up for u. 🙂

Well, The thing is that Cain ofered some flowers to god, because he didn´t have animals for a sacrifice, but god prefered the sacrifice ofered by Abel, and ignored Cain´s. Then, he saw that god prefers sacrifices, and gave him his brother; after that, god was so hipocrit and blamed him, after seting on him a defense seal. You can read it in Genesis…


I am a mormon. I'm now 21 years of age, I grew up in a mormon family and we were all sealed together in the temple and my parents are still together and everything. I do see you pointing out some strange symbols here that do look like pentagrams and etc.. Not really sure what to make of them. but all I know is, I was very rebellious growing up and started running with the crowd when I was about 16.. well this is when my life began to go down hill.. my spirit was starting to wither and die like a dry reed, it really was like that! So a long time of living in misery. I fogot about god and the church. I just figured I would go along with everyone else beliving in nothing and that we came from apes. well I found no joy in life… Read more »

I agree that he was just bringing up facts. But you do realize that all the facts he brought up all had something to do with satanic religion, or evil influence. You are given facts, just not all of them.

Why are there any imagines in any Christian Church? Exodus 20 vs

4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

So I ask myself why are there any images in any church? Because their are many distortions of Christianity but I agree some are outright evil.

I am a member of the LDS church, although no longer active. I'll admit that it is due to a few things I am not ready to believe in. Having said that, until you have actually been inside a Temple and seen with your own eyes what goes on, you really don't know what goes on. You cannot make judgments based on what someone says, because that is heresay. Whether a religious organization is true or not true, we can all agree that people have faults. It is best not to confuse a person for a religion as a whole. Not all mormons are a**holes. Yes, some are. So are some catholics, jehovah's witnesses, baptists, etc. Because people aren't perfect. You're going to punish the whole class because one pupil was talking out of turn? C'mon. As far as I have studied personally, and by studied I mean attended, read,… Read more »
Well most of us would agree on this site that Masonic symbols do in fact appear at the Temple which OBVIOUSLY shows that there is a connection between the two. This being said, I read an article by an Ex 33rd Degree Mason which stated that once a person reaches the 33rd degree they cannot use the name Jesus nor study the Bible. So explain to me why this ONE faith cannot be studied but every other faith can be. Could it be possible that they know the truth? Can any of you that will deny my facts say with 100% confidence that its BS? I would be careful with your answer because there will be eternal consequences. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye… Read more »

Some of these comment are rather sickening. If everybody just stopped ripping eachother, and there religions and beliefs, or non-beliefs apart, the world would be a much nicer place to be in. There is absolutely no need for all this 'my religion is better than yours' business. Could we all just get along, for once?

@ George and Everyone else….why not? Almost all of the symbolism in the christian church came about through the Roman Empire and it’s take over of many peoples. I will cite several examples…. The evergreen tree.. This was NOT from , as george put it “nimrod’s wife planted…yada yada”… In fact there are several Pliable theories, yours not included…. 1)late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope that spring would soon come… An act to the sun god for winter solstice..which is also where December 25th hails…. 2) In 722, Saint Boniface encountered some pagans who were about to sacrifice a child at the base of a huge oak tree. He cut down the tree to prevent the sacrifice and a Fir tree grew up at the base of the oak. He then told everyone… Read more »
I think that geroge was referring to a referrence work by one Alexander Hislop. I had to look it. Here it is (from The Two Babylons chapter three): The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm-tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun-God and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognised as the "Man the branch." And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas-eve, and the appearance of the Christmas-tree the next morning. As Zero-Ashta, "The… Read more »

I was raised a Mormon and never really noticed these symbols around the temple. I remember some of them now, but since I was only a kid at the time, never studied or thought much about them. However that's all in the past now, as that religion no longer felt right for me. Thanks for the informative article.

great article, like always :] while reading some comments, i cant help but notice the people saying how heaven is the only place where we can be away from this evil. one of my favorite songs, basically says just that. not meaning to troll, but gamma ray-dethrone tyranny 's lyrics are PERFECT. look em up. heres a link to youtube to the whole song

my favorite part of the song happens to be


You'll never take control

Your new world order

Will lead to none at all

We all stand before you as one

Heaven is for everyone

To be free from the dark"


I often think to myself what if Christ is Satan and Satan is Christ? What a deception, what a lie, what a reality to then realize that all of religion was false and contrived figment of men seeking to control the masses while mind controlling the masses to believe a false hood that imprisons the mind instead of freeing mans soul to more lofty heights. The Catholic Church and what we think of Christianity has been created to control the masses. Such a mind trick is so evil as to leave me unable to describe my horror to think, just to think that perhaps they might be right. Perhaps it is all mixed up and it mixed up because those that did this evil need the division to keep control over those that never question what they are told so long as it came from the word of God. Oh… Read more »

Good article. I think this might answer the mystery behind why "Cain's gift was rejected by God"

There is also an inverted star in the corner made of stars in the picture with jesus casting a shadow on the world.