The Houston Texas Temple 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 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 Hinckley has counseled, If 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 the Lord's house and thereby partake of all the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there. (Deseret News Church Almanac 1999:2000, p. 479.) President Howard W. Hunter has counseled us, saying, Let us truly be a temple-attending and temple-loving people. We should hasten to the temple as frequently, yet prudently, as our personal circumstances allow. . . . 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 (Ensign, February 1995, p. 5). In the temple, members are taught more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the purpose of life. To remind one of the importance of Christ's atonement in temple work, Chad has rendered the Savior's image kneeling in prayer with clasped hands among the landscape in the left half of the drawing.
This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.