The Monument to the Priesthood



3This monument represents more of Child’s religious beliefs and consists of four parts: an arch, four books resting on a stone, a purple boulder, and a spire. The arch symbolizes sources of revelation. The white-quartz keystone engraved with Alpha and Omega represents Christ, while the stones on either side represent the prophets. The arch rests on two white boulders meant to symbolize Christ and Adam.

The four cast-stone books represent the standard scriptures used by the LDS Church, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The stone on which they rest symbolizes the Rock of Revelation on which the LDS Church is built. Child planned to carve the large purple boulder as a globe and place it on top of the books. Unfortunately, Child died before completing this part of the monument.

The tall spire of quartzite aggregate represents the LDS Priesthood. The taller shaft symbolizes the Melchizedek priesthood while the shorter side represents the Aaronic Priesthood. Atop the spire is a wire sculpture of the Angel Moroni.

512¬† Hortense Child’s audio interpretation of The Monument to the Priesthood sculpture¬†