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Payson Temple - Sketch

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    The Payson 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.)

      To remind one of the importance of Christ?? atonement in temple work, Chad has rendered the Savior?? image kneeling in prayer to the right of the temple. The Savior?? face, clasped hands, and upper body are a part the trees with His kneeling lower body found in the foreground grass and landscaping.