Noted scholar Ernest Lehenbauer explores a common yet little-known symbol found in Latter-day Saint temples.
The ancient “Seal of Melchizedek” is often represented as an 8-point star composed of two squares offset 45 degrees and overlaid (or interwoven). It is such a significant symbol that President Hinckley had it added to the Salt Lake City Temple, and since then it has shown up in many more LDS temples. Differing 8-point stars can also be found throughout the Conference Center. But how, you may wonder, is it a symbol of Christ and when did this information come to light in modern times? The answers start with the design of the beautiful San Diego Temple.
The Modern Story
When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acquired a scenic piece of land chosen for the San Diego Temple in La Jolla, California, it also secured the services of a local, largely non-member architect firm to design and build the temple. The directive from the Church was to model it after the Boise Idaho Temple. However, after inspecting the designated lot, the architects were quite concerned that the Boise Temple design would not fit the land either functionally or aesthetically. They petitioned the Church leaders for freedom to create a design better suited to the area.
These well-known Latter-day Saints do a good job of representing the Church in the public square—probably because they’re used to it! Check out this list of famous returned missionaries.
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Being a celebrity probably isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Oh, there’s money, sure—but the price of fame ensures that every decision made will be highlighted, every fashion choice scrutinized, and every mistake magnified. Though this prominence may be taxing at times, it does provide those who have it with a unique opportunity to publicly express their opinions and stand for their beliefs.
Many not of our faith have provided the Church with exposure and renown, both on the screen and on the stage. It’s been said that “any publicity is good publicity,” and that may be true—but the best publicity comes straight from the source.
Mormons have the responsibility to act like a disciple of Christ in word and deed, and for a Mormon who’s under the constant watchful eye of the public, that responsibility naturally compounds. Luckily, there are plenty of famous members whose actions reflect positively on the Savior—and some of them are even returned missionaries.
Latter-day Saints know that we lived before we came to earth and that we will live again after death. But exactly how many details do we know about this spiritual existence? Find out what Church doctrine teaches us about our premortal and postmortal life.
You never know which words will be your last, but for these 12 ancient and modern Church figures, some of their most powerful and memorable words were their testimonies.
From ancient times to modern, some of our great leaders have left their testimony as an immortal witness of their Savior. Though this list is by no means comprehensive, it contains a handful of these powerful witnesses of Christ, shared not long before their bearers went to meet the Lord they testified of.
In a talk that is most clearly defined as the final testimony of Elder Bruce R. McConkie, he bears an undeniable witness of his Savior, which strengthens our own:
I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through all the ages of a never-ending eternity.
I don't have doubts about the Church, but recently I've found it harder and harder to do everything required of me. What do I do when my faith turns into fatigue?
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“I just need a break.”
Or at least, that’s what I tell myself. “I’m just tired. I’ve been so busy. I’ve got a lot going on right now. I just need a few weeks to ease off, refresh, and then I’ll come back.” Or so I say.
But as I write this, I’ve only managed to make it to a few Sunday meetings in the past several months. This prompted my concerned Relief Society president to come over for a visit, and during that talk, she offered this insight: it’s easy to justify one week away, but then one becomes two, and two becomes three and before you know it, years have gone by.
That’s not what I want. Because I still have a testimony that living gospel precepts brings the most happiness in this life. I still believe that the Church is true. I’ve never doubted its truth since I first prayed about the Book of Mormon as a 16-year-old girl after reading it from cover to cover. I still remember feeling the spirit so strongly that I literally said, “If this is the only witness I get for the rest of my life, this is enough.”