President Nelson Announces New Church Symbol, Worldwide Fast for Good Friday

by | Apr. 04, 2020

As part of the Saturday evening session of general conference, President Russell M. Nelson announced a second worldwide fast and unveiled a new symbol for the Church.

Second Worldwide Fast

The second worldwide fast will take place on Good Friday, this Friday, April 10. 

"For all whose health may permit, let us fast, pray, and unite our faith once again. Let us prayerfully plead for relief from this global pandemic," President Nelson said. "I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray on Good Friday, April 10th, that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened, and life normalized." 

New Symbol

"To help us remember Him and to identify The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Lord’s Church, we are pleased to introduce a symbol that will signify the central place of Jesus Christ in His Church," President Nelson said. 

Some of the elements of the new symbol include: 

  • • The name of the Church contained within a cornerstone. "Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone," President Nelson said. 
  • • A representation of Thorvaldsen’s marble statue, the Christus. "It portrays the resurrected, living Lord reaching out to embrace all who will come unto Him," President Nelson said. 
  • • "Symbolically, Jesus Christ is standing under an arch. The arch reminds us of the resurrected Savior emerging from the tomb on the third day following His Crucifixion," President Nelson said. 

"The symbol will now be used as a visual identifier for official literature, news, and events of the Church," President Nelson said. "It will remind all that this is the Savior’s Church and that all we do, as members of His Church, centers on Jesus Christ and His gospel."

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