Why don’t Mormons use the symbol of the cross?!

In his book “What Happened to the Cross?”, Robert Millet writes, “We should note that historically, in the first few Christian centuries, the cross was not considered a virtuous or admirable symbol, but rather a terrifying reminder of what Jesus and thousands of others had ignominiously suffered. In fact, some scholars report that the cross did not appear in churches as a symbol of veneration until A.D. 431. Crosses on steeples did not appear until 586, and it was not until the sixth century that crucifixes were sanctioned by the Roman church.”
Not surprisingly, it was probably the late Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth president of our church, who explained it best. When a Protestant minister asked him about the absence of the cross in Mormon buildings, President Hinckley recalled, “I responded, ‘I do not wish to give offense to any of my Christian colleagues who use the cross on the steeples of their cathedrals and at the altars of their chapels, who wear it on their vestments, and imprint it on their books and other literature. But for us, the cross is the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the Living Christ.”
“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 most meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.”


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