The beehive in the center of Utah's State Seal is a symbol of hard work and industry (the state motto is "Industry," and Utah's nickname is The Beehive State). The date 1847 is the year the Mormons came to Utah. 1896 is the year Utah became the 45th state.
A bald eagle, the United States national bird, perches atop the shield as a symbol of protection in peace and war. The sego lilies are a symbol of peace (also the state flower of Utah), and a United States flag appears on each side, representing Utah's support to the nation.
The state seal is also featured on the state flag of Utah.
On a blue field, appears the state seal. In the center of the seal is a beehive, the state emblem, with a sego lily growing on either side. The sego lily stands for peace. The state motto "Industry" means steady effort.
A national flag shows that Utah supports the United States. The eagle stands for protection in peace and war.
The date 1847 represents the year that Brigham Young led a group of people to the Salt Lake Valley to reestablish in Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, also known as The Mormons.
The date 1896 represents the year that Utah gained admission to the Union of the United States.