Thursday, July 18, 2013

Why Mormons Don't Wear Crosses

Some may wonder why Mormons don't wear crosses as jewelry or have crosses displayed on top of their churches or in their homes. Instead, we have pictures of Jesus Christ, His life and ministry, temples from around the world, our families, and church leaders.

Recently it has come to my attention how popular the cross is, rappers where them with diamonds, women wear large, thousand dollar crosses between their breasts, I've seen crosses tattooed on necks, arms, and legs. Crosses seem to be everywhere on every type of person, even dare I say it, porn stars (just gagged a little, I really hate that word).

Am I being judgemental, sure call me judgemental! You won't be the first or the last!

I'd much rather see a beautifully delicate cross hanging from an older, more conservatively dressed woman's neck any day. A woman whose life experiences have aged her testimony of what that cross bore, who understands the sacrifice of having a glimmer of faith, who has full hope in her heart to live a moral and happy life.

So why do Mormons not wear crosses? Isn't that weird?
Do they not believe in Jesus?
Are we trying to trick people?

We don't wear crosses, because we believe the people to be the symbol of our church, for us living the commandments is the symbol of our faith.

Or in my own words: ACTION!

We believe in the living Christ, in His teachings, in striving to be like Him. In fact, We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Articles of Faith 1 and 13

Gordon B. Hinckley taught:
“And so, because our Savior lives, we do not use the symbol of His death as the symbol of our faith. But what shall we use? No sign, no work of art, no representation of form is adequate to express the glory and the wonder of the Living Christ. He told us what that symbol should be when He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
“As His followers, we cannot do a mean or shoddy or ungracious thing without tarnishing His image. Nor can we do a good and gracious and generous act without burnishing more brightly the symbol of Him whose name we have taken upon ourselves. And so our lives must become a meaningful expression, the symbol of our declaration of our testimony of the Living Christ, the Eternal Son of the Living God. (See Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Symbol of Our Faith,” Ensign, Apr 2005, 2–6.)