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Do Mormons use the cross as a religious symbol?

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Mormons do not use the cross as a religious symbol. Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Mormon church from 1995 to 2008, explained in a general address that "for us, the cross is the symbol of the dying Christ, while our message is a declaration of the Living Christ."

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Mormons do not have any specific image as a symbol of their religion. According to Hinckley, "The lives of our people must become the most meaningful expression of our faith, and... the symbol of our worship."

While there is no official symbol for this church, common images used by Mormons include images of Jesus Christ, temples, name tags worn by missionaries, the letters CTR (Choose the Right), a beehive (from references in the Book of Mormon to 'deseret' meaning 'honeybee') and an angel blowing a trumpet (representative of the angel Moroni who appeared to Joseph Smith and assisted in the restoration of the Mormon church).

Mormons are Christians and Jesus Christ is the key figure in their faith. Mormon is a nickname given because of their belief in The Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible. The official name of this church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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