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Over eighty-five percent of the ancient Maya glyphs have now been deciphered through professional Ch'ul glyphstudy and discussion with Maya descendants. Because of what we think it represents, we have chosen for our emblem the "ch'ul" or "k'ul" glyph [pronounced ch-ool] of a hand with circles and smaller circles which represent drops of blood [identified by epigraphers] coming from the hand. The meanings attributed to the glyph are "holiness," "sacred," "holy lord" and "divine"--when applied to a person.

The Book of Mormon vividly portrays the visit of Jesus Christ to America after His resurrection. On His first appearance, He invited each of the twenty-five hundred people present to approach Him "one-by-one" in order to witness for themselves the openings left by the nails in His hands and feet, and of the sword which had been thrust into His side. Witnessing the evidence of His sacrificial love as they stood before their resurrected Lord would have had a lasting effect on them.

Turned a different way, the hand with a circle becomes a finishing glyph which functions somewhat Ch'ul glyph turnedlike a period at the end of a sentence, but is used to signify the completion of a whole train of thought. On the Tablet of the Cross at Palenque it is used at the end of the creation discussion and just before mentioning First Father and First Mother. Christ's words to the people of the Americas who came to feel His wounds were the following:

"Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; and in Me hath the Father glorified His name."
3 Nephi 4:44-45 (9:15)

We couldn't help but think of the timelessness of Christ and His role during creation in relationship to His pronouncement from the cross, "It is finished," and to Revelations 13:8:

"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."


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