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The rapid increase in awareness of the symbol perhaps began with the design of the San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  One of the head design architects saw the eight-sided symbol in a dream and suggested it to the architect team. It was utilized in almost every aspect of the Temple’s design, including floor layout and symbolic flourishes decorate both interior and exterior.

Br. William S. Lewis, Jr, the architect, gave several Fireside presentations on the origin of his revelation to the team and the story of the eventual identification of this symbol by Hugh Nibley as the” Seal of Melchizedek.” A more detailed account of this awesome story can be found at: Seal of Melchizedek San Diego Temple

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  1. Bob says:

    Are we sure about this? I can’t find any source other than the quote from Nibley that identifies this symbol with Melchizedek. It makes a great story, but I think we’ve created a myth out of a symbol that has a very tenious relationship with Melchizedek. Has anyone seen any independant source that links the interlocking squares with Melchizedek?

    • Ernie says:

      Hi Bob, thanks for the comment.

      My opinion, Nibley is one SERIOUS authority! I don’t know of any other historical authority with deeper credentials. Nor do I know of any other authority that has disagreed, which is interesting in and of itself.

      Also interesting: The symbol is now finding use in other temples, such as the entry doors to the Salt Lake City Temple. I find that adding it to that temple very interesting! Certainly its use in Temples makes it worth pondering its signficance and meaning, as well as its relation to the priesthood.

      A side note: The Seal is also found in mosques and other places all over the Middle East. You may recall that Ishmael felt disowned as the heir to the Holy Priesthood when Isaac was given the right. More than likely Ishmael copied the rites, purposes, and symbols, and claimed the rights to the priesthood as the displaced firstborn. His decendents are the “tent-dwellers” of the Middle East. Have you noticed how close the robes of that culture also resemble the clothing of the priesthood?

      Utimately you can decide the meaning of this symbol for yourself. For me it is sufficient that it is a significant and unique symbol of the Temple and so identified by Nibley as The Seal of Melchizedek.

      However, my research continues and I will notate anything further I discover, or that others may find and share with me.

      Thanks for your sincere question! I think time will bring about more of the answers and verifications we seek. Stay tuned.

  2. Ernie says:

    See the Title page on this site: His book “Temple and Cosmos” contains the paragraph quoted. I have not found further quotes or commentary yet. Unfortunately he passed away! It would be so interesting to hear his mind on the subject. There are other historians commenting on the symbol, for example a fabled birthmark found on the baby Melchizedek. I hope to round up more of these quotes for the sake of interest as time permits.

    Perhaps the greatest value of a symbol is what we assign to it. Clearly it is a symbol of the Temple. Some will not find any value in it. For me, it reminds me of the sealing power of Christ, and specifically the highest order of the Melchizedek Priesthood, or Eternal Marriage. Wearing it reminds me of who I am and has been a great missionary tool for the restored gospel. When people ask if that’s the Star of David or what? I answer the Seal of Melchizedek or the High Priesthood of the Son of God, or mention it is a symbol of the power that binds families together forever. I wear it on a dogtag that also identifies me as a “Son of God.”

    Thanks for your comment/question!

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