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The wooden structure upon which Jesus Christ was crucified (Mark 15:20–26). Many in the world now think of it as a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion and atoning sacrifice; however, the Lord has established his own symbols for his crucifixion and sacrifice—the bread and the water of the sacrament (Matt. 26:26–28; D&C 20:40, 75–79). In the scriptures, those who take up their cross are those who love Jesus Christ so much that they deny themselves ungodliness and every worldly lust and keep his commandments (JST, Matt. 16:25–26).

  • Take up the cross, and follow me:Mark 10:21; ( 3 Ne. 12:30; D&C 23:6; )
  • Jesus endured the cross and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God:Heb. 12:2;
  • He was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world:1 Ne. 11:33;
  • They who have endured the crosses of the world shall inherit the kingdom of God:2 Ne. 9:18;
  • My Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross:3 Ne. 27:14–15;
  • He that will not take up his cross and follow me and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved:D&C 56:2;
  • Behold the Son of Man lifted up on the cross:Moses 7:55;