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Draper Utah Temple - Sketch

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    The Draper Utah Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by 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 researches its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.

    President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled, ??f we are a temple-going people, we will be a better people, we will be better fathers and husbands, we will be better wives and mothers. I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I promise that if you will go the House of the Lord, you will be blessed, life will be better for you. Now please, please, my beloved brethren and sisters, avail yourselves of the great opportunity to go the Lord?? house and thereby partake of all the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there.??(Deseret News Church Almanac 1999??000, p. 479.)

    Within the trees and landscaping of this drawing, Chad has sketched Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, accompanied by his flock of sheep. 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 ??ne god and one Shepherd over all the earth??(1 Nephi 13:41). ??e shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom . . .??(Isaiah 40:11).

    This comes in a 11x14 print.