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Flags from Around the Globe Symbolize God’s Love for Everyone

Flags begin flying as newest feature of the plaza near the Church Office Building

If you visit Temple Square during the April 2024 general conference (April 6–7), you can now see the flags of 91 nations on display in the plaza near the Church Office Building.

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The plaza, which opened to the public in January of this year, is part of the larger renovation of Temple Square and the Salt Lake Temple. The flags are one of several art installations on Temple Square symbolizing the global nature of the Church of Jesus Christ, its commitment to be a friend to all nations, and the belief that the gospel of Jesus Christ will grow to fill the earth (see Daniel 2:35).

Latter-day Saints believe in the ancient scripture that says “in the last days … the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:2). The Salt Lake Temple — a house of the Lord — is part of the fulfillment of this scripture.

Flags of officially recognized United Nations countries will be displayed as part of a regular rotation. The flag oval begins at the plaza’s northwest corner with the flag of the United States. From there, 90 additional flags will rotate every three months. The flags will be placed in alphabetical order according to the English name of the country and will always be illuminated.

When the Church recognizes national and international days of mourning, half-staff flags will be displayed by the flags flown at the Church Administration Building, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and in front of the Conference Center. The flags in the plaza are intended to remain at full staff as an art installation.

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