The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a new symbol to identify the faith. President Russell M. Nelson announced it and explained its significance during the Saturday evening session of the April 2020 general conference. This evening session was for both men and women, rather than being either a Priesthood or Women’s Session as it generally is.
President Nelson explained that this new symbol is a continuation of the effort that began with the reemphasis on the Church’s proper name, which was announced in August 2018. Since that time, the Church has taken great effort to change the names of its departments, entities, websites, and social media outlets to better reflect the importance of the Savior in all we do.
“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,” said President Nelson.
In regards to this new symbol and the next step in the effort to ensure the correct emphasis, the Church Newsroom reported:
This new emblem emphasizes the name of Jesus Christ and His central role in all the Church does. The name of the Church is contained within a rectangular shape that represents a cornerstone. This idea has biblical roots. 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.
“[The symbol] portrays the resurrected, living Lord reaching out to embrace all who will come unto Him,” President Nelson said. “This symbol should feel familiar to many, as we have long identified the restored gospel with the living, resurrected Christ.”
This new symbol will be used on Church materials as directed by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Detailed usage guidelines are being developed, including possible uses of the new symbol around the world.
In addition to this new symbol, President Nelson also made another announcement. Again, the Newsroom reports:
President Nelson called on everyone around the world to fast and pray again for relief from COVID-19. (A previous fast for relief from COVID-19 was held March 29, 2020.) This global fast will take place on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.
“Let us unite in pleading for healing throughout the world,” the prophet said. “Good Friday would be the perfect day to have our Heavenly Father and His Son hear us! … Let us prayerfully plead … that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened, and life normalized.”