THE IMPORTANCE OF SYMBOLS
Symbols are all around us; we use them every day without even thinking of it and often without even understanding the meanings behind them.
Jesus taught in parables. The Bible is saturated with archetypes, motifs, types, shadows, metaphors and allegories as is the Book of Mormon and especially modern temples.
Like most religious traditions in the world, the Latter-day Saint faith incorporates symbols into many aspects of religious life, yet many are illiterate in the language of symbols.
Steve Reed, the creator of One Climbs and LDS Symbols, has written many articles and created educational resources for learning the meaning behind many symbols. He is currently running a check out the LDS Symbols KickStarter campaign to support this project.
SOME EXAMPLES OF SYMBOLS USED BY THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
- Beginning, Middle, End
- Past, Present, Future
“Three is an unfolding of the One to a condition where it can be known – unity becomes recognizable.” ( Carl Jung, “A Psychological Approach to the Trinity,” Psychology and Religion, CW, Vol. XI, 180 )
“Plato saw 3 as…the simplest spatial shape, and considered the world to have been built from triangles.” ( Encycolpedia Britannica; http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/604590/triangle, accessed 12/10/2012 )
“Most every LDS temple utilizes 3 in some form, normally in their 3-part progression through both sacred space (3 ascending rooms) and through sacred time (past, present and future). And last, when temples are dedicated Saints repeat the sacred Hosana Shout 3 times, sealing the ordinance, as first seen in the modern era at the Kirtland Temple.”
Val Brinkerhoff, “The Day Star: Reading Sacred Architecture” (Book 2), 67
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.” ( 1 John 5:7–8 )
“…3 and 4 and 6 and 8 and 12 are considered structural numbers, the numbers nature builds with.” ( Michael Schneider, Oral Interview, via YouTube )
- The Flow of Life
- Man + Woman (2 opposing spirals)
- Divine Proportion (Phi)
- Ascent / Descent
“Spirals are a sign of growth and transformation through resistance. While their sizes and substances vary widely, nature’s spirals result from an interplay of opposites…” ( Michael S. Schneider, A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, 155 )
“The single spiral or swastika’s traditional connection to creation is even more appropriate when it appears in LDS temples in the opposing male-female form. There it potentially signals a sacred union resulting in endless offspring into the eternities… Spirals and swastikas have had ancient connection to men, women, and creation for thousands of years.” ( Val Brinkerhoff, The Day Star – Reading Sacred Architecture (Book 1), 166 )
There have been many great books written on the subject of symbolism in LDS theology, but Steve Reed wanted to produce something more unique. He has created something dynamic, portable and engaging that even a small child could understand.
Please check out the LDS Symbols KickStarter campaign and consider supporting them today
Also for more information about LDS Symbols visit: LDSSymbols.com