I've already written a lengthy post about Angel Moroni statues on LDS temples. This post is about other notable temple toppers.
atop a tower at temple square, south and a little west of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
I like the idea of a temple bell. On my mission I remember being in Cambridge at Easter and hearing church bells ring out from Great St. Mary's Church. It was impressive. I would love to see a bell added to another temple, although I don't expect to see one. This is mainly because we like to build in neighborhoods and bells might annoy neighbors. Also, now days we (all of society, not just the church) don't tend to use bells very often.
This brings up another temple topper, also from the Nauvoo Temple - a clock tower. The Nauvoo Temple tower has clocks on all four faces. This was mainly added because it was popular to add clock towers in the 1840s. Also, at that time, most buildings were considered a community asset and would have many functions. Adding a clock would provide one more community service. You have probably also guessed that the Nauvoo Temple bell was installed for use with the clock. To this day it chimes the hour at temple square. It probably wasn't intended, but a clock can act as a symbol of time and eternity and of order.
Weather vanes are another temple topper that has been used a few times. The Kirtland Ohio Temple was built with a weather vane (the current one is a replica). The original Nauvoo Illinois Temple had a weather vane angel that would have helped people determine the wind direction (you'll notice that the Nauvoo Temple had a lot of practical features for the community). The St. George Utah Temple was built next and has a weather vane on its tower. Similar weather vanes top the Logan Temple east and west center towers. Today one faces north and the other faces south. I assume that they originally rotated with the wind, but have since been replaced when the towers were replaced with fiberglass replicas. The weather vanes on these three temples are all arrows.
The Cardston Alberta Canada Temple has no tower or spire, however its gently sloping pyramidal roof has a light or lantern at its peak, a fitting topper to a temple.
The remaining temples have had some sort of finial or spire when they haven't had Angel Moroni statues but have had towers.
Please comment and let us know what you think about these unique temple features from before Angel Moroni statues became standard. I like these unique features and hope we keep them intact.