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The Symbol of Our Worship

February 14th, 2017 by G.

He then asked: “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?”

I replied that the lives of our people must become the only meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.

thus Gordon B. Hinckley, from the Sunday morning session of the April 1975 General Conference. This anecdote was meaningful to him, and he brought it up more than once later.

We of course must be those symbols ourselves. But we must also surround ourselves with saints. Surround ourselves with symbols of Christ. It lifts up the soul.

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February 15, 2017

I’m a little apprehensive that I see the Angel Moroni being used increasingly as a logo for Mormonism. We’ve always been a church with plenty of symbolism, but very little of it is “catchy”. We don’t have crosses, and many of the pictures in our magazines are just of people, or events in the Savior’s life. Mormonism isn’t supposed to be reducible.

February 16, 2017

That said, I really liked seeing the Mormon spaceship in Syfy’s The Expanse. There is an Angel Moroni on the tip of the ship, and it looks good.

Now, I just hope the ship can get out before war really breaks out in the Solar System.

February 19, 2017

Iconoclasty is great in its place (think how much of the symbol-lessness of our meeting houses reminds us that we’re just house churches after all) but the Lord’s kingdom can, I believe, effectively use heraldry.

Moroni’s a good symbol, easily recognizable, not as easy to draw. I like the symbolism of the circle in the square – it’s already on the outside of our temples – expressed perhaps as a depiction of Christ’s empty tomb.

February 19, 2017

Thanks for the reminder that Moroni is the temple’s external symbol/icon.

In a somewhat congruent way, Mormon’s name is the icon of the Book of Mormon.

I have long thought that the subtitle “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” may eventually be moved to a superscript from the subscript on the front cover in order to give the Lord top billing. I’ve often wondered if the current arrangement appears to non-members as if we are giving Mormon “top billing” over the Lord. I’m pretty sure Mormon wouldn’t mind his name being moved under the Lord’s.

That Mormon’s name heads our keystone book of scripture, and Moroni’s image heads our temples (and that those things would not be unless they were in accordance with the Lord’s will) I think that is tremendous honor to that father/son team of prophets.

February 19, 2017

The cross taboo was actually a late development in LDS culture and history. I recommend my book, or perhaps just reading the following article about my research from the Deseret News. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705328913/Mormons-and-the-cross.html

February 19, 2017

Interesting article Mike! I did always wonder that. I hadn’t realized it was a broadly Protestant idea linked to anti-Catholicism.

I had some difficulty understanding the focus on the most difficult, painful parts of Christ’s story, but because Catholics believe that Eucharist is the real presence, and an actual renewal of the sacrifice on calvary, that it is such a centerpiece for us. (In the Latin Mass, the priest faces the cross, and on his knees raises up the chalice towards the cross as he pronounces the words “this is my blood” so you can imagine it actually pouring forth from Christ, and see it see it as the literal blood of God, as hangs there).

February 20, 2017

Thanks, Mike.

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