LDS Church introduces new symbol emphasizing the centrality of the Savior

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced new symbol emphasizing the centrality of the Savior on Saturday (Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new symbol to identify its faith.

Church Prophet and President Russell M. Nelson announced the new addition to the Church in the Saturday evening session of the 190th Annual General Conference.

He explained its significance saying the new symbol is a continuation of the effort he felt inspired to initiate in August 2018 to focus on the Church’s name.

Since that time, he said, the Church’s leaders, departments, related entities, the main website, members and many others now use the correct name of the Church.

Nelson said:

We have gone to these extraordinary efforts because when we remove the Lord’s name from the name of His Church, we inadvertently remove Him as the central focus of our worship and our lives. When we take the Savior’s name upon us at baptism, we commit to witness, by our words, thoughts, and actions, that Jesus is the Christ.

A press release by the Church stated that the new emblem not only emphasizes the name of Jesus Christ but also His central role in all the Church does.

Within the symbol, the name of the Church is contained within a rectangular shape that represents a cornerstone. This idea has biblical roots. According to the news release, the Apostle Paul, employing a construction metaphor in a letter to the first century Saints in Ephesus, wrote that the Church is built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets—Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.

The center of the symbol is a representation of Thorvaldsen’s marble statue, the Christus. Jesus stands under an arch as a reminder of His emergence from the tomb three days after His death. Nelson explained:

[The symbol] portrays the resurrected, living Lord reaching out to embrace all who will come unto Him. This symbol should feel familiar to many, as we have long identified the restored gospel with the living, resurrected Christ.

The new symbol is going to be used on Church materials as directed by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Nelson said.

Additionally, the symbol is being created in 110 languages over several months and details of its usage can be found by clicking here.