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Question #14282 posted on 04/09/2005 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear A. A. Melyngoch,
After your statement about your use of crosses, I was wondering if you read the April First Presidency message. Also, if you are aware of the psychological effects of the cross.
- Wondering

A: Dear Wondering,

After reading your question, I was wondering whether you'd even read my original post. The April 2005 First Presidency Message was lifted wholesale from President (then-Elder) Hinckley's 1975 address, which I quoted from extensively in that post. So yes, I did read it. I've read it several times.

I wear a cross to identify myself with a community of faith, and as a symbol of grace. I understand the reasons that the Church as a whole chooses not to embrace this symbol. If you're uncomfortable with it, I would certainly never recommend that you wear one or display one in your home, but for me the "psychological effects" are only solemnizing and uplifting.

Thank you for your concern.

-A. A. Melyngoch