The Dallas Texas Temple, located twelve miles north of downtown Dallas, is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by the artist Chad S. Hawkins. In 1989, at the age of seventeen, Chad started this unique temple series, becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork. Before drawing each temple, Chad visits the temple site to research its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.
The Dallas Texas Temple was dedicated in October of 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley becoming the thirtieth temple of the church. The temple's six-spire design with its steep, sloping, dark gray slate roof is encased in a light-colored marble. The spires rise dramatically from the ground to a height of ninety-five feet. In this temple drawing, Chad has sketched Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, cradling one of his sheep in the marble tiles of the temple, with his flock of sheep in the clouds and among the beautifully landscaped temple grounds. Christ is the Shepherd; his sheepfold is the Church of Jesus Christ (see John 10:14). As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. The day will come when there will be one god and one Shepherd over all the earth (1 Ne. 13:41). He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom . . (Isa. 40:11).
This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.