“Holiness to the Lord” inscribed on Washington Monument

Visit a local historical cite or attend a Memorial Day parade.

The phrase is inscribed on every LDS temple across the globe: “Holiness to the Lord.” It marks the space as sacred Mormon ground, as God’s house.

And it’s also found inside the Washington Monument.

The 555-foot-tall monument reopened last week after a three-year closure to fix cracked stones from a 2011 earthquake near the nation’s capital, and politicians heralded the original public-private partnership that helped build the obelisk as a tribute to America’s first president. A similar public-private effort went into checking, correcting and rechecking the 20,000 marble stones that make up the iconic American monument so it could open again.

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Jesse is a twenty-something student of Arabic and the Middle East at Brigham Young University. He enjoys writing, hiking, fantasizing about world travel, and deep discussions. He is a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served a mission for the Church in South Korea. Jesse speaks Spanish, Korean and (some) Arabic. He can be reached at [email protected].