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The Las Vegas Nevada 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 visits the temple site to research it's history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.
When I was walking around on the temple grounds taking pictures, said Chad, I passed a newly married young couple. They were surrounded by family and friends as they posed for their wedding pictures. The couple looked so happy. The only thing that seemed to be on their minds was the love that they had for one another. They were excited to take on the challenges of life together. Inspired by this experience, I tried to capture the moment by putting an image in the clouds of a man's hand sliding a ring on the finger of his bride; the statue of angel Moroni is the ring. It should be should be a goal for every Latter-day Saint to be married for time and all eternity. In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees. And in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood [meaning the new and everlasting covenant of marriage]; And if he does not, he cannot obtain it (D&C 131:13).This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.
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Albuquerque New Mexico Temple - Sketch
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Angel Moroni - Sketch
Atlanta Georgia Temple - Sketch
Billings Montana Temple - Sketch
Boston Massachusetts Temple - Sketch