New Painting: Joseph Praying

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This is my latest church painting, entitled “Joseph Praying.” I was amazed by the positive reaction I received from it and already sold the original! I’m now selling prints of it as well for a flat $50 fee on my website under LDS art here:
Now that I broadcasted myself sufficiently (sorry!), I have a story to tell.  It’s about courage and actively seeking for the things you desire. The story of Joseph Smith is one that always inspires me – not just because of what he did for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collectively, but also because of what he did for himself individually. When he was only a young teenager, he had the spiritual maturity to think of things like his eternal salvation.  There were so many different churches in his area in upstate New York, that it left him confused and wondering why they all had to profess such different doctrine.  After reading James 1:5, he decided that the only way to know which church was true was to ask of God.  This example he set as a 14 year-old boy is one that we should all follow when seeking truth. In the spring of 1820, Joseph found a quiet place in the woods behind his house to pray out loud, alone. This is the moment I tried to capture. It was at this moment that the real strength of a young boy was shining through. He had such faith and courage to pray and expect an answer. I believe it was because of that that Heavenly Father and His son appeared before him and told him to join none of the churches – to wait and be patient because he would help restore the true church of Christ upon the earth.
Joseph Smith did not let the desires of his heart go unfulfilled. He acted. He had faith and relied on God. That’s what I want to do with all my goals. When we do this, we can bless not only our own lives, but the lives of so many others. Think of how many lives Joseph affected with this small act – millions. I’m so grateful for him.
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Prints for Sale

Hello friendly readers! I’m pleased to announce that I have set up a small art print store on my art website! I have two LDS prints available, and if you don’t see the one you like, I am also always open to special print requests. Please check it out! The two set up right now are “Winter on the Smith Farm” and “On Top Hill Cumorah.”

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Temples of the Lord

2014-04-14 09.54.10The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is spreading temples around the world faster than ever in this day and age. Many people have driven by them, walked around the grounds, or even live neighboring one. This is a sign of the furthering of the Lord’s work on the earth and the expanding of His kingdom.  Every time a new temple is built, it seriously blesses the area around it, and the forces of evil in the world are weakened.
So what are temples? Well, they are considered the holy houses of the Lord where His spirit can reside without obstacles.  It is not the same as a church building or chapel. We don’t meet for church in temples. We go there for very specific reasons – we go there for sacred ordinances. Ordinances can be a difficult word for people who did not grow up hearing it.  Ordinances are sacred and formal acts performed by someone with authority from God. To learn more about what regular members of our church have said about the difference between church and temples, visit
PS – – – I AM a working artist and am happy to sell artwork to people. These are some gifts for others I did with graphite and watercolor. I can do commissioned work for you at a reasonable price such as these temples (do you have a favorite??). Please contact me for more information if you’re interested! I also can sell prints or originals of the other artwork on this site.
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The Last Prophet in The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is actually a tragedy about the fall of a righteous, ancient civilization in America.  They called themselves the Nephites, and over hundreds of years, they eventually all died out through warring.  The scriptures teach that “inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land” (see 2 Nephi 4:4), but the Nephites had fallen into transgression and evil ways.
This oil painting I did depicts the prophet Moroni – the last righteous Nephite to survive.  He was also the last man to write in The Book of Mormon. This is supposed to be him in his final moments with the record before he buried it away. Mornoi’s story is sad for he witnessed the destruction of his people. When I read his account in the book of Moroni, my heart is filled with sympathy and gratitude for all that he suffered in order for us to have this blessed record today. I know this record is true, and I read from it every day.
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The Smith Farm in Winter

The Smith Farm in Winter

While I was serving my mission for my church in upstate New York, I often thought about how much I would love to paint the landscapes and historical sites I saw. I didn’t have time to do that while I was there (since I was sharing the gospel basically 14 hours a day), but I did get plenty of photos. I really loved this winter scene so I recreated it with gouache paints. I also added a young Joseph Smith figure in it. He is supposed to be heading out to tap the trees for sap to make syrup.
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Creation is an Art

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted! I’m just feeling so grateful right now that I am an artist and have the tiniest idea of what it was like for Heavenly Father to design and create the world for us. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful world surrounded by diverse vegetation, landmarks, animals, and people. Each and every creation is a miracle.  I have a firm testimony that God didn’t just create all this for us without a second thought. He designed this world, just as an artist might design a building, painting, or book.  And of course, the reason why, is because of His great and infinite love for us.

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A Blessed Land

Have any of you ever heard of Palmyra, New York? Or the Hill Cumorah? How about The Book of Mormon? This oil painting I did shows the view from atop the Hill Cumorah, in Palmyra, where this sacred book came forth.  A young farm boy named Joseph Smith was told by an angel about an ancient record deposited here on this hill.  In 1824 he was ready to take the record and translate it, which he did – into The Book of Mormon.  A little time after that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized close by – the same church of over 14 million members now who are called Mormons.  Therefore, this place is a place of great and unique importance to so many.  Not only that, it is a place so important and unique to me.  I served a year and a half mission here in western New York, and as I served full time God and His children, I gave away pieces of my heart.  Even though I’m so far away now (at school at BYU in fact), those pieces are still there.  This piece was such a pleasure to do.

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