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The Kirtland Temple, located twenty five miles east of Cleveland, Ohio, on a hill west of the Chagrin River, 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. The cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple were laid on July 23, 1833.


Almost all able-bodied men, except those away on missions, worked on the temple. The women were just as busy as the men, making curtains and carpets for the temple's interior and stockings, pantaloons, and jackets for the benefit of the temple workmen. In the midst of the church's financial difficulties, the Saints made great sacrifices of their time and material resources to make the Kirtland Temple possible. Great spiritual blessings followed this period of sacrifice. The weeks preceding and following the Kirtland Temple dedication on March 27, 1836, witnessed remarkable spiritual manifestations to an unusual degree. One occurred on Sunday, April 3, to the prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. In fulfillment of Malachi's prophecy (Malachi 4:5-6), and Moroni's promise (D&C 2), Elijah committed the keys of this dispensation in preparation for the great and dreadful day of the Lord (D&C 110). Through the sealing keys restored by Elijah, priesthood ordinances performed on earth can be bound or sealed in heaven also, Latter-day Saints can perform saving priesthood ordinances in behalf of loved ones who died without the opportunity of accepting the gospel in person. In this way the hearts of the children are turning to their fathers. To remind the viewer of this drawing of this transcendentally important event and the importance of taking an active role in temple work, the artist has drawn a reenactment of Elijah's visit to the prophet and Oliver Cowdery hidden in the trees to the left of the temple.

This comes in a 11x14 print.