Tuesday, May 11, 2021


The gravestone for President Nelson was just erected in the Salt Lake Cemetery. This towering monument stands at over 8 feet tall and almost 2 feet wide of solid granite. It is not just any granite though, it is the granite that has been removed from the Salt Lake Temple. There is plaque that appears at the bottom of the North facing backside of the gravestone which reads, "This monument was crafted of stone from the Salt Lake Temple 2020 renovation. 

Although President Nelson is still alive, his grave monument has been placed right next to his first wife. See below. Not only does the size of the monument dwarf all other gravestones in the cemetery but it is interesting that it is not facing the same direction as all of the other graves. Instead of facing east, it is facing south. 

Christian graves in churchyards were traditionally aligned on an east to west axis. The coffins were placed with the head of the person at the west end of the grave and the foot at the east. This is because they believe in the second coming of Christ and scripture teaches that he will come from the east. In this manner, they place their dead in a position so they can meet Christ face-to-face during his second coming. The gravestone with name also faced east. It is interesting that President Nelson chose to have his grave facing south. 


Anonymous said...

Wait to see what direction his monument faces once he's beneath it.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting thing to note: Dantzel's smaller gravestone matches President Nelson's monument--the color is the same and the base is cut the same. Were they both made out of the same temple stone--hers being replaced at the same time, or was President Nelson's made to match her existing gravestone? Interesting thought, because they both look new to me if you look at the grass around the bases.

Anonymous said...

It seems that President Nelson is follow Gordon B. Hinckley's lead. See Hinckley's monument in the same cemetary. Same way of facing, with other smaller headstones in front of the large one.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Dantzel's headstone was also replaced when Nelson's monument was made. Here is her old one in front of a larger one that I would assume was for when Nelson died. They have been upgraded.