The Kansas City Star announced today that the Angel Moroni had been hoisted atop the new Kansas City, Missouri Temple. I'm glad to hear it. I wish the Star would have explained who Moroni was and why he is on the temple holding a trumpet.

In "American Mormon" a documentary made in 2005, there is a short clip where a woman makes an obvious reference to the Angel Moroni on a temple as the "bugle boys" we put on our chapels.

Moroni's presence on the temple does not seem to be one of the frequently asked questions the Church answers about temples. But, surely we need an explanation somewhere. Most attention gets paid to what goes on inside temples.

At the very end of an article on the Newsroom site, I found a short explanation:
On most temples there is a golden statue of a man in flowing robes, with a long horn pressed to his lips. The statue depicts the angel Moroni, an ancient prophet and a central figure in the Book of Mormon. The statue is symbolic of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Maybe it needs to be a little more obvious. 

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