Lightning Rods

As it is the highest point of what is sometimes the highest building for some distance around, the Angel Moroni Statues must be built to withstand lightning strikes. In the case of the fiberglass statues, which do not naturally conduct electricity, the fiberglass shell is mounted around a metal pole. Non/low conducting metal is used to attach the fiberglass to the pole. A metal spike or rod is attached at the top of the pole; this rod is threaded out and replaced with an eye bolt when the statue needs to be moved or replaced. At the bottom of the pole, a woven copper fiber cable is connected and run down through the spire to a grounding point which, in turn, leads to the  bare earth under the temple. This usually safely conducts the lightning through the temple to the ground but is not a perfect process.

Oquirrh Darkened
Oquirrh Moroni after Lightning Strike – Brian Olson

During the Oquirrh Mountain temple open house, a bolt of lightning struck The Angel Moroni statue, glanced off the lightning rod, hitting the trumpet. This strike blackened the trumpet, arm and face of the Moroni. It was replaced just 10 days before the dedicatory service in 2009 with the addition of a second lightning rod pointing out of the top of the trumpet. Most trumpets since this point have featured either this second rod in the trumpet or a still ring lightning rod cleverly hidden inside the fiberglass lip of the trumpets outer bell.

Oquirrh Moroni after replacement – Brian Olson


Wendy Kenney “Looking Up to Moroni” New Era, November 2009.
Clayton Norlen “Lightning hits Oquirrh Mountain Temple” Deseret News, 15 June 2009

Oquirrh Moroni

Placed:11 July 2008
Replaced:11 August 2009
Faces: East