The Symbolism Behind the Seal of Melchizedek and Our LRS Seal & Logo
In the case of any symbol, there are many interpretations to be found. We make no claim that our interpretation of the Seal of Melchizedek holds any meaning beyond our own experience. But in all interpretations of this symbol, the commonality is that it points to Christ. Examples of the seal can be found in abundance in LDS temple architecture and in art history. A quick google search of the Seal of Melchizedek will return hours of exciting study of this ancient symbol that has been brought back into importance by modern prophets and temple architects.
The name of the seal alone points to Christ, as Melchizedek was a king and high priest. In many ways, he was a type of Christ! He was so righteous that “The Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God,” was renamed after him, being thus called the Melchizedek Priesthood. This priesthood is the power and authority to act in God’s name. It is used to heal, and to perform ordinances, such as sealing the family of God together in eternity. It is, ultimately, Christ’s power.
The general sun-shape of the seal is symbolic of Christ, as the source of all light and power in the universe. The eight points of the seal represent new beginnings, such as the rebirth shown in baptism, or another new beginning, such as marriage. The number four or a 4-cornered square often represents the earth or mortality, whereas the circle is a universal symbol for heaven, God, or eternity. Thus the symbol becomes a representation of two earthly mortals uniting, interlocked together and progressing toward the inner circle, toward the goal of eternity as a single God unit.
Ultimately the seal symbolizes, in our interpretation, the greatest goal of the human family: for the husband and wife to be sealed together, to have their calling and election sealed upon them both, and to be assured of claiming their children in the eternities. As the two squares become one interlocked union, they eventually fade into the single interior circle which represents eternity and a single unit of deity composed of a husband and wife. At Liberty Rock, we have a strong desire that our community be led by couples, “with father and mother leading the way.” We have a stated vision, as visualized by our seal, that we strive to work together as couples toward this goal of bringing ourselves and our children to Christ.
The 12 eight-pointed stars on the outer edge of the seal represent our commitment to follow the prophet and the twelve apostles. The eight points of the seal represent the 8 virtues named in the outer circle of the LRS Seal. The one reference to calling and election in the Bible can be found in 2 Peter 1. Here, Peter outlines the virtues needed as prerequisite:
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”
Then he admonishes the early saints to seek after obtaining their calling and election:
“Brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Of course the center of the seal is the center of our focus in all that we do. The “Rock” is the symbol of our Savior Jesus Christ. The foundation scripture for Liberty Rock School is Helaman 5:12:
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
At Liberty Rock, not only are the students receiving a rigorous foundation of academics, but in every class they are receiving a spiritual foundation through an application of the doctrines of Christ.
Why Liberty Rock?
I love the way the Family School curriculum links each academic concept with spiritual truths.
The Family School curriculum was exactly what we needed. The material is academically rigorous and inspiring, while my kids love the rich variety of resources that are offered to enrich each lesson.
I am so grateful to have so many options within the offerings of Liberty Rock so that I am free to create the ideal schedule and experience for each of my 8 children. Their needs and interests are so varied that one model doesn’t work for all of them. Liberty Rock gives our family the options we need to help our children thrive with their individual talents!
As a student, my favorite part about Liberty Rock is the Christ-centered atmosphere and educational environment. It keeps me close to the spirit through-out my day in all my decisions, and helps me keep my baptismal covenant, to always remember the Lord.
Abigail - 7th GradeStudent
“I love having this resource as a supplement to what I am doing at home with my children. It opens up resources and opportunities to my children that I wouldn’t be able to provide to them on my own.”