If you have ever read an article about Angel Statues or visited a site covering temple trivia, you are bound to have read something like this in regards to the Monticello Temple and it’s Moroni Statue:
‘The White Angel was found to be to hard to see, so it was removed from Monticello and was later gold leafed and placed on Columbus Ohio.’
This statement is EVERYWHERE on the Internet. But it’s not even be true.
To start with, lets do some fuzzy math. I don’t have the exact date for the placement of the of the Columbus Statue, but most of the small temples had the statue placed 4 to 8 months before the dedication occurred, with the average being 6 months. The Columbus temple was dedicated 4 September 1999. That means the statue would have most likely been placed January-May of 1999.
The Monticello Moroni was switched out on 25 May 1999, the last of the likely months. So there is a good chance that these 2 statues spent at least a couple of months with both placed on top of Temples.
Secondly, a quote in an article written in the Utah newspaper The Deseret News, when these smaller statues were first getting started, seems to refute this idea. In the
Article “A Life Size Moroni,” written by Carla Byram and published 23 May 1998, the author states that the first of the statues had just been placed on the Monticello Utah Temple the previous week. She then later states that “five more statues have been started at Wallgren’s Kearns studio.”
This shows that at least 6 statues of this model were created for temples. But only 5 temples currently have this statue: Anchorage Alaska, Bismarck North Dakota, Kona Hawaii, Columbus Ohio, and Caracas Venezuela. So this begs the question, where is the sixth Angel?
Third and Last, in a private interview with someone from the Church History Museum, the original researcher for all this information, Marvin Quist, learned that the original Monticello Utah Angel Moroni is still white and is currently in storage at the Church History Museum’s storage facility.
All information is sourced as described in this section
Replaced: 25 May 1999
Faces: North East