This photo essay presents uses of the beehive in its historical and sacred settings in Mormonism. Whatever the reason for the choice, Brigham saw the Church as the kingdom of God on earth, he wanted to prepare his people for the Second Coming of the Lord, and he saw fit to draw upon the beehive and Deseret to help guide his people. The tomb of Agamemnon at Mycenae, Greece, is also of beehive shape; but it was made of cut stone rather than of the rough unhewn stone of the Celts.
The bee symbolism used in sermons from the 1850s described the godly society the Saints strove to build.

This issue however did cause some disagreements after Young’s death in 1877. How was a Beehive Grass House built?A group of up to 30 people could build the beehive house in one day and they were known to last for 15 years. Beehive House family photographs, circa 1896-1917; Beehive House Family Photographs; One of the first automobiles in Salt Lake City; Church History Library. From 1852 to 1855 it also served as the executive mansion of Governor Brigham Young of the Territory of Utah. 12. 16. A tunnel runs under Bowen Street from The Beehive to parliamentary offices in Bowen House. [7] Arrington, Brigham Young: American Moses, 329. Sometime between the day Brigham Young had first entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, and the day of this celebration a year later, there had apparently been some discussion among the Mormons about the creation of a new state in the Salt Lake Valley to be called the “State of Deseret,” the unique term originating from the Book of Mormon term for “swarms of bees.”12. Previously, the site was used as the Governor’s residence – a new domicile was raised in 1910 to adapt to the necessary transition. 9. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1985. For example, who was the owner of the Beehive House? Bees first appear in a specifically Mormon context in the Book of Mormon, published in 1830. The symbols in question are of ancient and widespread origin.

[8] Arrington, Brigham Young: American Moses, 329; John G. Turner, Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, 236. Arrington, Leonard J., Brigham Young: American Moses. For other uses, see, The Beehive, Parliament Building and the Parliamentary Library, "History of Parliament's buildings and grounds", "Parliament poised for major building revamp, including plan for new office block", "The contentious Beehive - Building Today Magazine", "Anatomy of a minister's office: What happens in the Beehive? Lloyd, R. Scott. In 1893, Young lost the home to pay off debts incurred in a lawsuit. [12], During the time Brigham Young lived there, the Beehive House also served as a form of refuge and security from unfriendly forces. The thatch was made with switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Meaning of beehive houses. Perhaps Brigham Young or another early Saint had an affinity for beehive symbolism because of local New York culture: the beehive serves as part of iconography of the city of Ithaca, New York,18 which was not far from the cradle of Mormonism. It is registered as a Category I heritage building by Heritage New Zealand. 17:18, quoting Isa. For example, the ceremonial spike driven by Brigham Young at the completion of the Utah Central Railroad in 1870 was inscribed with a beehive and “Holiness to the Lord.” John J. Stewart, “The Railroad Builder,” in Lion of the Lord: Essays on the Life and Service of Brigham Young, ed. Louis XII of France (1462–1515) showed his kingly mercy by using bees in his insignia along with the phrase “The king whom we serve does not use his sting.”7 In Shakespeare’s Henry V (1599), the Archbishop of Canterbury uses bee society as the exemplar of human society, to “teach the art of order to a peopled kingdom,” with a king, soldiers, workers, and drones.8 Thus the bee as a symbol of kingship persisted in Western culture throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Not surprisingly, the beehive appears on the Salt Lake, St. George, Manti, and other ­temples. Lecture at Church History Symposium discusses the Beehive House, the Lion House and the young women of the Church, Determining and Defining ‘Wife’: The Brigham Young Households, National Register of Historic Places, Beehive House, Salt Lake County, Utah, National Register #702439002, Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About the Salt Lake Temple, Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution. The stem, or stalk, of the switchgrass is the part of the plant used in making the thatch for the beehive houses. Living in the home was a communal experience. He would frequently put meetings on hold and join his family. Young men were given jobs and young women, much to Lucy’s chagrin became students of the art of domesticity. No 50 June 9, 1935 The Bee-Hive House Erected about 1852 by President Brigham Young as the official residence of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and occupied by him from the time it was completed until his death in 1877. He was the LDS church’s resident architect and designed many of the prominent buildings in Utah Territory. Thus, the name "Beehive" is closely linked with the New Zealand Government. He would then go to the office located between the Lion and Beehive Houses. The beehive appears in town insignia and in the Ithaca High School crest. Hunter, “Mormon Hive,” 75, quoting Richard Ballantyne, Journal, May–August 1848, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, July 24, 1848. Several times when a flag was raised above the Beehive on top of the house, hundreds of men would come and surround the house to protect Brother Brigham. Under Church ownership, the Beehive house was restored in 1960. [8] The original application for the heritage designation was made by Lockwood Smith, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon.