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Baton Rouge Lousiana Temple Sketch

Baton Rouge Lousiana Temple Sketch
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The Baton Rouge Louisiana 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.

The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is built in a picturesque area between the Baton Rouge stake center and a wetland nature reserve. While presiding at the temple's groundbreaking ceremony, Elder Monte J. Brough of the Seventy said that the greatest revelation of the latter days was Joseph Smith's first vision. This experience allowed Joseph to have actual knowledge of the Father and the Son, he said. Elder Brough further explained that all men must come to know the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ. That is the purpose of temples, he affirmed. It is a process whereby we come to know Jesus Christ because we act as saviors, in a modest sense, to bring to those who have not had a chance across this earth and those who lived prior to our time the opportunity to hear the gospel, to accept the gospel and to be members of Heavenly Father's Church. (Church News, 15 May 1999) As with all of my temple works of art, comments the artist, I include, in addition to the temple, appropriate hidden spiritual images within each drawing. With the Baton Rouge Temple, my goal was to include an image that would encourage members to have a current temple recommend and to visit the temple as often as occasion permits. Among the trees and foliage, I rendered a full-length image of the Savior in the motion of inviting us to receive the blessings found in temple service.

This comes in a 11x14 print.
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