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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nauvoo Temple Stone Symbols

There are many symbols carved in stone on the exterior walls of the Nauvoo Temple.  We will examine some of them here and discuss the interpretation thereof.

The Pentagram is the most attacked symbol of Mormonism by the anti-Mormons.  The anti-Mormons claim that it is a Satanic symbol.  However, according to geometry in action, it is not.  The Pentagram symbolizes both mathematical perfection and eternity.  Here is why:
The Pentagrams are the two colorful stained-glass stars

When one draws a Pentagram over and over within the Pentagon constructed in the middle of a 5/2 Pentagram, the image of a geometrically perfect star goes on forever, alternating between upside-down and right-side up.

The Six-Pointed Star is symbolic of the stars in the Heavens and as a symbol of the Telestial Kingdom.  The Vision of the Prophet reads,

"And again, we saw the glory of the telestial, which glory is that of the lesser, even as the glory of the stars differs from that of the glory of the moon in the firmament.  These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus.  These are they who deny not the Holy Spirit.  These are they who are thrust down to hell.  These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work (D&C 76:81-85)."
The Morning Star is symbolic of Jesus Christ, due to the fact that in Revelation 22:16, wherein Christ saith, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
The Morning Star is the upside-down star with the elongated tail just above the Sunstone

The Moonstones symbolize the Terrestrial Kingdom, of which the Vision says,

"And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.  Behold, these are they who died without law; And also they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh; Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.  These are they who are honorable men of the earth, who were blinded by the craftiness of men.  These are they who receive of his glory, but not of his fulness.  These are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the fulness of the Father.  Wherefore, they are bodies terrestrial, and not bodies celestial, and differ in glory as the moon differs from the sun.  These are they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God (D&C 76:71-79)."

The Sunstones symbolize the Celestial Kingdom of God, where God and Christ dwell, where families are united eternally, and where exaltation is awarded to those who are faithful.  It is filled only with members of The Church of Jesus Christ, whether they joined the Church in mortality or afterward received the Gospel, having not the opportunity to accept thereof while on earth. (see D&C 76:50-70; 137)"

I hope this article not only increases your knowledge of the Nauvoo Temple, but also of the Restored Gospel, administered only within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

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