Why don’t Mormon Churches have the Cross?

This was a question I saw recently, about if Mormon church buildings have crosses or not. When you come and visit our church buildings, you won’t see a cross at the front of the chapel or at the top of the steeple. Many Christian churches use the cross as a symbol of Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also remember the suffering of our Savior, but because Christ lives, we do not use the symbol of His death as the symbol of our faith.

When the church’s prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley was asked, “If you do not use the cross, what is the symbol of your religion?” He 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.”

When we are baptized and confirmed, we promise to take the name of Jesus Christ upon ourselves. The manner that we live our lives should show our love for Christ and his gospel.