"If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" Will Rogers
Question #2533 posted on 01/20/2004 12:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Bored,

Mosiah 13:12 says, in part, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of things which are in heaven above."

My question is one that has perhaps been asked before: In light of this commandment, why does the Church have such things as The Christus statue in Temple Square (for example). Now, I am not in any way criticizing the Church, I'm just wondering how this isn't contradictory.

- Curious

A: Dear Curious,

Because the message of Mosiah is not to make graven images or likenesses to worship. No idolatry. How often do you see Latter-day Saints bowing down and/or praying to the Christus?