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The Denver Colorado Temple, located in a residential suburb of Denver, was created using a transparent technique, and is one of a series 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.


On several occasions, including the day when the Angel Moroni statue was placed upon the temple, formations of three white doves were noticed circling the temple. In the journal of Denver Temple architect Bobby Thomas, this was recorded. The ceremony was complete and most of the spectators had dispersed. Then, just above Moroni, President Joseph H. Barton [Denver Temple Committee Chairman and counselor in temple presidency] saw three white birds circling above the angel and pointed them out to me. I then related the seeming approval or blessing that was in process and the three previous [dove sightings] which I had witnessed. (Build unto my holy name, Twila Bird, pp. 52-53) Inspired by these sitings, Chad drew three white doves in the clouds, circling the angel Moroni. Touch the hearts of Thy people that they may look to this temple as a refuge from the evil and turmoil of the world. May they ever live worthy of the blessings here to be found. May they be prompted to seek the records of their forebears and to serve here in their behalf, counseled President Ezra Taft Benson, October 24, 1986, at the dedication of the Denver Temple. Reminding the viewer of the importance of performing temple work as well as seeking refuge from the evil and turmoil of the world, Chad has placed among the trees and beautiful landscaping a hidden image of the Savior leading a couple to the temple with his left hand and gently offering support with his right.

This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.