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Faith Hope And Charity

Inspired by a recent mural project, James Christensen set out on an awfully big adventure. Wanting to do something grand and romantic while exploring the texture, surface and richness of paint, James chose for his subject three of Paul´s greatest virtues - in the form of three women. "This piece is a little bit of a departure," Jim says. "But these gifts of the spirit are important qualities for us to remind each other about." The words in gold leaf identify the three as their names appear in the original Greek Biblical text.

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity." ( I Corinthians 13:13)

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Father Words

Recently I browsed the web looking for words people associate with "Father." I was appauled at what I found. Most of the words were degrading and demeaning. Perhaps some fathers have not taken their roll seriously. I prefer to think of my father with the words you see in this product.

Tell you father thanks for all he does.

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Feed My Sheep

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For All Mankind

One of the first children I met in Zambia was a little boy named Kennedy. At three years old, Kennedy had lost both of his parents to AIDS and was found living alone with his six year old brother and ten year old sister. When I thought of those three children struggling to survive and the millions of others across Africa in similar circumstances, I felt an overwhelming hopelessness and said to myself, “No amount of money can fix this.”

I was curious to see how Kennedy and the others would react to Phillip, the man playing Christ. We decided to drop Phillip off several hundred yards from the “farm” and then drive in and set up our cameras. We told the children we had a wonderful surprise for them. When Phillip came into view the children instinctively ran to him and threw their arms around him. Everyone except Kennedy.

When Phillip saw this little boy standing apart from the others, he walked over and knelt down. As he opened his arms this little soul ran to him and threw his arms around his neck. He began speaking as fast as he could. Phillip looked for help to understand. One of the others translated.

“My mom and dad died. They are in heaven. Have you seen them? Are they ok?”

At that moment I knew it wasn’t hopeless. I realized that the Savior could fix not only the problems of Africa, but of the whole world…and we can be His hands to do it. For the first time in my life I felt what Isaiah meant when he said, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” To Kennedy and all who struggle to understand why, I promise that God has not forgotten you. That the time is coming when He will come in power and glory and when He will keep his promise and wipe away all of our tears.

According to the United Nations Counsel on AIDS (UNAIDS), a child in Africa loses a parent every 14 seconds. We created the Giclee' Canvas Limited Edition with 6,171 canvases, the number of children who lose a parent to AIDS in Africa each day.

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Forget Me Not

Forget not to be patient with yourself:
“Dear sisters, many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others,” he added. “Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself.”

Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice:
“Dedicating some of our time to studying the scriptures or preparing to teach a lesson is a good sacrifice. Spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade potholders for each member of your class may not be.”

Forget not to be happy now:
“The lesson here, is that if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us.”

Forget not the “why” of the gospel:
“We sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks that we must add to our already impossibly long “to do” lists. We focus on what the Lord wants us to do and how we might do it, but we sometimes forget why.”

Forget not that the Lord loves you:
“Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time. You may at times feel a little like the forget-me-not—insignificant, small, or tiny in comparison with others,” he said, noting: “I hope (the forget-me-not) will be a symbol of the little things that make your lives joyful and sweet.” — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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After my father died, I received a great desire to paint a picture of the Spirit World, a gift of peace for my family and yours. On the right side, in the lower area by the tunnel, family and friends are saying goodbye to their loved ones who are going to earth to be born. On the left side, family and friends gather together to welcome their loved ones back home into the Spirit World; They have come through the tunnel of darkness into the light.

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Hands Of Time

As a little girl, I remember my mother and her friends sitting around a quilt while I lay underneath. I would watch their hands cast shadows across the different color swatches, their needles bobbing up and down. I felt safe listening to their laughter float through the room.

As a young woman, I waited with anticipation for the time when I would be allowed to take my place at the quilt. I remember my mother patiently showing me how to stitch and tie. I watched in amazement as her hands glided across the fabric and I longed for the day when I could do what she did.

As a mother, I sat listening to the women wander effortlessly through years of shared memories and took comfort in knowing I was not alone. As time passed, I noticed my mother’s hands growing old and I realized for the first time that her worries, her tears, and her laughter were tied into her quilts.

As a grandmother, I move a little slower and see a little further. I remember those friends who have gone on before. I appreciate the simple joys in life. I smile as I watch my own daughter noticing my wrinkled hands and I understand that quilting is more than just stitching fabric together. It is stitching hearts together. Looking back, I see that the most important lesson I learned was not how to quilt… but how to love.

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"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest."

This is an allegorical painting of women gathering grapes in the vineyard. It is intended to be a celebration of work and of reward.

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Heavenly Hands

Afraid and wandering, we lost our way. With no aid in sight, we began to pray: ""Please keep us safe in such hostile lands,"" Then came the warm touch of Heavenly Hands. Perhaps one on our shoulder when we felt alone, While another pointed the way which then led us home. The help came unseen like the wind as it blew, But we all felt it upon us, and that's how we knew, That angels still watch and sometimes send us a ""rose""--A gift to remind us that Heaven still knows, All that we go through and all that we need. Surely Heaven is with us, if we'll only give heed.

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Heres The Church

How many times have you played this little game with your children? Kathy Fincher does a great job of cathing the moment as these two children repeat the often repeated words, "Here's the Church. Here's the Steeple. Open the doors and see all the people."

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Here's The Church

How many times have you played this little game with your children? Kathy Fincher does a great job of cathing the moment as these two children repeat the often repeated words, "Here's the Church. Here's the Steeple. Open the doors and see all the people."

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His Storm Shall Have No Power

His Storm Shall Have No Power (Missionaries)

Artist: Sandra B. Rast © 2002

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you… Helaman 5:12

How wonderful it is to know that if we exercise our free agency and choose to build our lives on the sure foundation that no matter what storms we go through or what trials we experience they will have no power over us. What a blessing for those sons and daughters who choose to walk the path into the unknown to share the light of Christ with those who may otherwise remain in darkness. The missionaries depicted in this painting are walking that path of the unknown, doing the work of their Father, being led by the light of Christ and are armed with the teachings of their parents. They go forward with faith, through the storm, to share their message of hope.

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For some time now I have challenged myself to capture "letters" hidden in the world around us. Our customers have enjoyed creating personalized pieces of art from our extensive collection of photographs.

For the first time, we are offering something with even more meaning. I have managed to create words using beautiful photographs taken of temples and temple grounds.

Can you read..."Hope"?

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I Am A Child Of God Plaqued

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I Feel My Savior's Love

""""What''s this on your hand?"""" Such an innocent and concerned inquiry from a little child surely would bring forth a tender answer from the Savior. He might reply, """"That''s a reminder of just how much I love you.""""

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I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus

Jesus serves as the ultimate role model for us all. The familiar phrase, """"what would Jesus do?"""" is a wonderful guidepost to keep us on course. Thinking about Him invites His spirit to be with us, to help us step by step along life''s journey.

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Impending Storm

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In His Constant Care

Perhaps no other being in history has been the subject of more artwork than has Christ. Artistic masters throughout the ages have been drawn to the challenge of portraying themes of inspiration and significance. The life of Christ is an enduring model of humility, compassion, and love. This painting is a visual reminder of one of His most comforting messages regarding the worth of each individual soul. ""Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value then many sparrows"" (Luke 12:6-7). As I look at the intricate design of these little sparrows, experience tells me that where there is a design, there is a designer! It is a comforting thought to consider that somewhere there is a Creator who is aware of and has love for even the least of His creations. There is incredible intimacy in the vastness of this thought.

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In His Hands

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