Utah State Motto
The Utah State Motto
The official Utah motto was adopted in 1959 and is:
The Meaning of the Utah State Motto
The meaning of this famous motto reflects the deep belief of the people of the state that industry encompassing manufacture and trade together with the ethic of hard work will bring success and prosperity to the people. These principles are symbolized by the image of the beehive that takes a position of prominence on the Great Seal and the flag. The beehive is a commonly used symbol of industry and cooperation dating back to Roman times. The beehive is also a symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons who are well established in Utah.
The Origin and Meaning of the Utah Nicknames
The American citizens who live in, or who come from Utah, are referred to as Utahns. The history, origin and meaning of each of the state's nicknames are as follows:
The Beehive State
The official nickname of the Beehive State and the symbolism of the beehive is explained above in relation to the motto.
The Land of the Mormons
The Land of the Mormons - the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon religion was founded by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) in New York. Between 1846–1847 the Mormons moved to Utah led by Brigham Young, where they founded Salt Lake City.
The Land of the Saints
The Land of the Saints is another reference to the Mormon religion taken from the 'Latter-day Saints'.
The Constitution of Utah
The constitution of Utah establishes the basic rights of its citizens and echoes the words and sentiments of the motto. The preamble (opening) of the constitution is as follows:
"Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we, the people of Utah, in order to secure and perpetuate the principles of free government, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION."
Preamble of the Constitution of Utah
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