The first statue of Moroni placed on top of a temple was a weather vane cut out of sheet metal; the weather vane was placed atop the Nauvoo Temple. Years later Cyrus E. Dallin, a famous sculptor, made a Moroni statue for the Salt Lake Temple. This Moroni statue, probably the most famous, has fascinated all who see it. It is made of bronze and weighs about three tons. A heavy weight attached to the statue’s feet is suspended inside the temple spire where Moroni is standing so that the statue can move slightly in the wind without breaking.
In the past only certain temples have had Moroni statues on them because the decision to include them was left to the temple’s architect and whoever was Church President at the time.
Today, because the statues can be produced more quickly and inexpensively, many of the temples have a Moroni statue standing as a shining symbol of the restoration of the gospel.
The Moroni statues are made in different sizes for different temples. This particular one is for either the Portland Oregon Temple or the Las Vegas Nevada Temple.
The entire process takes three to four months, and the completed statue will weigh about 260 pounds (118 kg) and stand 13 feet (4 m) high, including its ball base.
This same construction process, except for the gold leafing, is used to make the oxen that support the baptismal fonts in the temples.