We are so deeply, eternally grateful to Jesus Christ for His atoning sacrifice and
subsequent crucifixion. We profoundly feel the impact of His saving grace in our lives and we contemplate the pain He endured in our behalf, knowing that we could never do what He did. He was the only One who could accomplish such a mission, because of the depth of His love for us, His overwhelming charity, and His deep desire to see us become exalted in the last day.
However, we also recognize that while He died for us, He also rose again, and that is even more amazing. He set the example for the rest of us, opening the gates so that death need no longer be terrifying. Because He rose again, we can too. We will be reunited with our loved ones on the other side. We will be restored to our former health, or, for those who have never been blessed with good health, we will be healed of all our imperfections.
Additionally, we focus on The Atonement and the fact that we can be forgiven of our sins, that our emotional hurts can be washed away, and that our physical ailments can be eased, all because of what he did for us.
When we see a cross, we immediately think of pain and suffering. Latter-day Saints choose to concentrate on the joy that came after. Thus, we choose to decorate with pictures of Christ, rather than symbols of the implement of His death.
*Mormons believe that Christ's death on the cross did not fully atone for our sins! (See Atonement) Definitely not Christian! Mormons take an oath to the church and the prophet. All Christians must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the church is just a meeting place. A good reference for Mormon beliefs is Rocky Hulse's book "WHEN SALT LAKE CITY CALLS." | Complain to LDS about no cross on Rock Cairn.
*Note - Tristi Pinkston is one Mormon that knows her religion, most Mormons do not know the reason why
they do not use crosses. She avoids mentioning why they don't use fish as symbols and why they use Satonic symbols instead. The Christain Cross ironically was the cattle brand of the LDS Church Inc., in the 1800's.
THE ATONEMENT:MORMONISM: "It is a foundational teaching of Mormonism that Jesus' Blood does not cover all sin. Brigham young taught: "It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yetmen can commit sins which it can never remit."49(emphasis added.) Joseph Smith taught this princple as well: "Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore, their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf. This is scriptural doctrine, and is taught in all the standard works of the Church."50 (italics in the original.) 10th Mormon Prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, agrees with both Joseph and Brigham: "But man may commit certain grievous sins--according to his light and knowledge--that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone-- so far as in his power lies--for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail."51(italics in the original.) This teaching of Mormonism absolutely contradicts the Biblical teachings of Christianity."