The Phoenix Arizona 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 its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his
studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.
??s with all of my temple works of art,??comments the artist, ??n addition to the
temple I include appropriate hidden spiritual images." In this temple drawing, Chad
has sketched Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, cradling one of his sheep among
the temple's landscaping and trees.
Christ is the Shepherd; his sheepfold is the Church of Jesus Christ (see John
10). Members of his fold should hear and recognize their masters voice and
diligently seek him in his house as often as occasion permits. 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.