The History of the Christus Statue

Officially entitled Christus Consolator, this statue by Bertel Thorvaldsen is known around the world. After a fire destroyed the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark, Thorvaldsen was commissioned to create the statue, which was moved into the rebuilt church in 1833. The original statue was carved from Italian Carrara marble and is 11 feet tall. It contains a description in Danish underneath on the pedestal: "Kommer til mig." This translates to "Come to me."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its use of the Christus statue. This association began in the 1950s when Elder Stephen L. Richards, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, presented the 11-foot replica now displayed on Temple Square to President David O. McKay. The Church has continued to place the Christus in Visitor Centers and exhibitions around the world.

The Christus was featured at the Rome Italy Temple dedication in the spring of 2019 in a unique Vistors Center. The Christus is flanked by statues of the Twelve Apostles, also replicas of Thorvaldsen's work. Then, in the spring of 2020, President Russell M. Nelson announced the Christus statue would be the focus of the new logo for the Church.

Latter-day Saints enjoy the spirit of the Christus statue in their homes through high-quality replicas. Christus statues come in a variety of sizes and materials, including marble and polyresin. Necklaces, keychains, and ornaments also help share the Christus in unique ways as gifts and tokens of love. For years to come, the Christus will continue to represent the faith members of the Church have in Jesus Christ as their risen Lord and Redeemer.

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Devin Justesen is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street-tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.