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San Francisco Monastery In Sorrento

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Scripture Study On The Ranch

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Seek And Ye Shall Find

All three background paintings involve people asking and seeking for heavenly assistance in some way. The children in the front are learning from the images and examples around them. They are learning to which source they can seek to find what they need the most.

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Sharing The Faith

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Sometimes The Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses

Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses

by James C. Christensen

The Latin post nubila phoebus translates as “after clouds, sun” which is something like our saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” The iconic Christensen hunchback-as-Everyman is somber and a bit troubled. “The hump represents his troubles,” says Christensen, “and we all have them, but there is a little light at the place where the angel spirit’s finger touches the hump. I wanted to show how we grow from coping with adversity. Humbled by our weaknesses, we can be more open to things divine.”

The deceptively simple composition of this James C. Christensen Anniversary Edition contains many of the artist’s most defining elements and inspiration: the hunchback, the light of the spirit, the checkerboard floor representing the opposing aspects of life—light and dark, yin and yang— and a doorway to the unknown … combine to convey a story of hope, recovery and new growth.

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St. Brendan The Navigator

St. Brendan’s fame rests on the mythical adventure described in Brendan’s Voyage, a 10th century romance of Brendan and a company of monks sailing the Atlantic Ocean to the Promised Land. One of the stories of the voyage relates that Brendan, wishing to celebrate Easter Mass, landed on a small island in the middle of the ocean. After celebrating Mass, Brendan and his companions built a fire on which to cook a meal and thus awakened the sleeping whale they had mistakenly identified as a small island. Terrified, the voyagers rushed to their ship and fled. Since then, St. Brendan has been associated with whales and large fish.

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St. George Temple

St. George Temple

By Sandra B. Rast © 2007

We implore Thy blessings upon… Thy people who may assemble in this House from time to time, both in their incomings and outgoings and may Thy blessing and Thy spirit dwell herein and rest upon them for their comfort and edification, and abide richly in their hearts, that they may learn further of Thy ways and walk in Thy paths… Let the ministering angels from Thy presence attend us, and let Thy grace and power be upon us that we may walk in the paths of purity and holiness…

St. George Temple Dedicatory Prayer April 1877.

Storm Clouds: The storms of life are the trials and the tough times that come into all our lives.

Light: The Light shining through the dark clouds represent the Light of Christ. Even in the darkest of dark there is always Light somewhere. Sometimes the light of Christ is reflected by others, other times it comes from within our own divine spirits but it is always there.

Rain: In 1899 the St. George area was facing a horrible drought. In May of that year President Lorenzo Snow told them that they needed to pay a full tithe and they would be blessed. On August 2, after faithfully obeying his counsel, the saints in St. George were blessed by a much needed rain and their crops were saved. The rain in this painting reminds us of the blessings that are rained down on us as we obey and heed the prophets’ words.

Red Rocks: The striking red rocks in this painting remind us of the magnificence of God’s hands. We need to see and appreciate the splendor of His creations.

Temple: The temple stands as a refuge in the storms of life. We can go there to temporarily escape from winds of the world. It stands as a beacon off peace and hope. It is a place of learning and worship where we receive blessings and make eternal covenants.

Flag: The flag in this painting is to remind us of how blessed we are to live in this land of promise. It is here in America that through the Lord’s hand inspired men organized a government that paved the way for the restoration. The St. George temple is also significant for it was here that many of these founding fathers came to Wilford Woodruff and asked for their work to be done.

Family: As the most important organization in the church it is the family that travels together along the path of faith towards the blessings of eternity. The mother in the family is encouraging her young son along the path, leading & guiding.

Umbrella: The red umbrella represents the gospel that is given to us to help shield us from some of the storms of life. It cannot stop the storms from coming but it can help us weather the storms when they do come. The red color reminds us of love that is needed in our homes. It also reminds us to look forward to the Second Coming when Christ will come again.

Reflections: The reflections that we see in the puddles remind us that we need to reflect upon all of the blessings in our life. Just as the puddles reflect the light around them we too must reflect the Light of Christ.

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Sunrise Chapel

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Sweet Hour Of Prayer

I've had many comments about this painting over the years from those in the armed services. They have written me from the midst of battle and across the oceans. They have echoed the sentiments in this piece and have experienced similar scenarios while gathered together in faith, before embarking on their assignments.

The inspiration for this painting came from the words to the old hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” It is believed the writer was William W. Walford, a blind priest in England.

Their eyes are closed for a reason. When we close our eyes we begin to rely on our other senses. As we close our eyes in prayer, we trade our physical sight for a spiritual kind of vision. These men represent the best in human nature. The part that says, "I can’t see what the future holds, but I know Who holds it.” Yes, there is beauty in the idea that by closing our eyes, we begin to see and that it was a humble blind minister who brought about greater vision for untold generations.

I’ve come to realize that history books have their story about which side won what battle, but there are times when each man and woman must become a warrior. Whether we win or lose these battles comes down to who we have become because of them. Wars are not always fought overseas and in far-away places, but also in the fleshy tables of our hearts.

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Take My Hand


Take my hand and follow me,
There are things ahead for you to see.
Little wonders are all around,
And tender mercies to be found.

We’ll take our time, no need to run,
Breathe deep the air and feel the sun.
The grass is soft beneath our feet,
Sounds are soothing, the air is sweet.

Sometimes we’ll stop and just be still,
Our hearts will tell us God is real!
Small graces along our path appear,
They let us know that Heaven’s near.

So take my hand anew each day,
The walk is lovely and I know the way.

Greg Olsen -2008

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Temple Spires

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The Creation Of Adam

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The Cross

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The Deacon's Bench

Here's your chance to buy the bronze that was shown in the April 2008 Priesthood Session. There were only 35 made. This is the last one we have.

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The Enoch Altarpiece Framed

A Stunning New Framed Canvas Masterpiece Set For over a year, artist James C. Christensen painted “under the guise” of an obscure, 15th century Flemish painter, best known for, and named after, a multi-paneled masterpiece called The Enoch Altarpiece. Also known as Jehovah Teaches Enoch the Plan of Salvation, what remains of The Enoch Altarpiece are the two sides that once flanked the (missing) center panel. The two angels, who originally were positioned to bless the center scene, incorporate symbols of God’s original plan for man’s salvation. With the angel on the left are fruit and a serpent, representing the Garden of Eden and the fall of man, while a skull pierced by an Easter Lily appears with the angel on the right, suggesting the triumph of Christ over death and the redemption of man. The fact that the center panel is missing is rich with allegory as well. According to Christensen the missing center panel depicted not only Enoch and Jehovah, but the City of Enoch as well. Enoch was regarded by God to be so imbued with the Holy Spirit that he was “translated” or “taken from the earth” rather than suffer physical death. “No one is certain what happened to the missing center panel of The Enoch Altarpiece, but the hope is,” says Christensen, with a smile, “it will one day return.” The Enoch Altarpiece is a framed, two-piece canvas print set. The artisan who created the frames for the original paintings was commissioned by Greenwich to create two prototypes for this limited edition print set. The elegant resin-molded frames are distressed and hand-brushed with gold to recreate the look of 15th century art treasures.

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The Falconer Returns

The Falconer Returns is a symbolic painting based on the first stanza of the poem: The Second Coming by poet William Butler Yeats.

The entire painting is replete with symbolism based on some of the events that are prophesied prior to the second coming of Jesus Christ. This is not intended to be a painting of Christ himself, but more of a symbolic representation. At first glance the painting looks somewhat Medieval, however, upon reading the poem and understanding the symbols, it’s meaning becomes evident. Please visit to explore the symbolism behind the painting. If you wish to purchase a print, please do so from this website as the ecommerce on The Falconer Returns website is not set up to accept orders at this time.

I have also designed a frame which compliments this painting, the frame is also full of symbolism and can be view at:

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The Good Samaritan (Modern)

In the story of the Good Shepherd, Jesus compares a shepherd and a hireling. He explains that a hireling is a person merely hired to watch the sheep. He cares little for the sheep and subsequently the sheep do not recognize his voice. When danger comes, the hireling cares more for his own safety and quickly flees leaving the sheep to fend for themselves. By contrast, the shepherd loves the sheep and knows each one individually. They, in turn, know his voice and follow him when he calls. When danger comes, the shepherd stays to protect the sheep, even laying down his own life if necessary to save them.

This painting was inspired by a story of one Christ-like shepherd whose love and devotion to the sheep saved a young boy. In his own words:

“I became involved in surfing competitions on Sunday mornings and stopped going to my Church meetings. One Sunday morning Brother Marques knocked on my door and asked my mother if he could talk to me. When she told him I was sleeping, he asked permission to wake me. He said to me, ‘Fernando, you are late for church!’ Not listening to my excuses, he took me to church. The next Sunday the same thing happened, so on the third Sunday I decided to leave early to avoid him. As I opened the gate I found him sitting on his car, reading the scriptures. When he saw me he said, ‘Good! You are up early. Today we will go and find another young man!’ After eight Sundays I could not get rid of him, so I decided to sleep at a friend’s house. I was at the beach the next morning when I saw a man dressed in a suit and tie walking towards me. When I saw that it was Brother Marques, I ran into the water. All of a sudden, I felt someone’s hand on my shoulder. It was Brother Marques, in water up to his chest! He took me by the hand and said, ‘You are late! Let’s go.’ When I argued that I didn’t have any clothes to wear, he replied, ‘They are in the car.’ That day as we walked out of the ocean, I was touched by Brother Marques’s sincere love and worry for me. He truly understood the Savior’s words: ‘I will seek that which was lost.’”

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The Messenger

A Hand-Tinted Original Stone Lithograph Elegant and captivating are two of the measures we set for any James Christensen Hand-Tinted Original Stone Lithograph, and with The Messenger, he’s delivered. Is she an angel or is she human; is she from the past, present or future; she has armor, but is she a warrior; how do the key and the rose assist in unlocking the enigma of The Messenger?

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The Messenger

Often, there are times in life when we go through difficult periods, times when we feel as though we're wandering in the wilderness-seeking direction, solace, and answers. And often, during those trying times, if we allow ourselves, it is as though we receive a subtle signal in the form of some small wonder. It may be something as simple as turning on the radio and at that very moment, hearing the lyrics of just the right song, or opening the scriptures to a verse with poignant meaning, or even having a little songbird land nearby to cheer us up. These are some of the small things that have helped me along at such times, causing me to look heavenward, smile, and say a quiet, ""Thank You!"" During a time in my life in which I had an important decision to make, I was trying to sort out my thoughts while hiking. As I looked out over the horizon, I noticed that the billowing clouds remembled a figure that seemed to me to point the way that I should choose. And while I know they were only clouds, like an angelic messenger sent to one needing help along the way, they were just as beneficial as all the other small wonders that I've experienced when I needed them most. ""Bless the Lord, O my soul...who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: who maketh his angels spirits..."" (Psalms 104:1, 3-4).

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