Testimonies of Christ: Latter-day Saint Artists Bear Witness of Him

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    We may each have a mental picture of what we think the Savior looks like. But if each of us painted a picture of Him, they would all be different. We don’t really know what He looks like, but we can come to know His love for us and draw closer to Him as we celebrate His birth.

    Latter-day Saint artists have used paintbrushes to express their testimonies and love for the Savior. Some of these paintings may be familiar. Others may be new to you. Although you might not be able to use paint to create a beautiful picture of the Savior, you can have His image in your countenance (see Alma 5:14).

    Christ Healing the Man with the Withered Hand

    Christ Healing the Man with the Withered Hand, by Robert T. Barrett “Then saith [Jesus] to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched [his hand] forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other” (Matt. 12:13).

    Robert T. Barrett

    “I have always felt that the art is a reflection of what the artist believes. My testimony has been personally strengthened as I have had the opportunity to portray events in the life of the Savior and the history of the Restoration. I know that He lives and that His work is divine.

    “How do I embody my feelings about that? You have to find a way to get the feelings of your heart out on your canvas.”

    Beside Still Waters

    Beside Still Waters, by Simon Dewey “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world” (D&C 11:28).

    Simon Dewey

    “I can boldly bear my witness to the truth as the Spirit has borne witness to me. I know that Jesus lives and is my Redeemer. I know that His Father is mine also and hears me when I call upon Him, with gratitude for daily help and with a penitent heart. Some have asked whether I have had a vision or similar spiritual manifestation that forms the basis for my depiction of the Son of God. My eyes have never seen nor my ears heard, yet in my heart I know, and it is enough.”

    Journey’s End

    Journey’s End, by Derek Hegsted “Come unto me in my kingdom; and with me ye shall find rest” (3 Ne. 28:3).

    Derek Hegsted

    “I feel no better peace than when I am bearing witness of Christ through a paintbrush. The ability to speak my feelings is not one of my strong points. But a gracious Heavenly Father has blessed me with the ability to bear a witness of my Savior. In reflecting on my testimony and the effects of the arts in my life, I hope to have shown all brothers and sisters of Christ that I know Jesus is the Christ and that He lives.”

    That Ye May Know

    “That Ye May Know,” by Gary L. Kapp “Arise and come forth unto me, … that ye may know that I am the God of Israel” (3 Ne. 11:14).

    Gary L. Kapp

    “I don’t remember ever not having a testimony of Jesus Christ, but it wasn’t until I arrived in the mission field that I began a serious study of His life, especially in the Book of Mormon. At that time, I truly began to feel the burning in my heart that comes from a sure knowledge that Jesus is the Savior of the world and the Son of God.

    “All of my life I have wanted to give as much of my time and talent as possible to sharing my testimony through art. I sincerely hope my love for the Savior is evident in my art and that it will somehow strengthen the testimonies of those who view it.”

    Simeon Reverencing the Christ Child

    Simeon Reverencing the Christ Child, by Greg Olsen Simeon “blessed God, and said, … mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:28–30).

    Greg Olsen

    “Just as a light set up on a hill serves as a beacon to weary travelers, so Jesus Christ stands as a shining example to all the world, showing us a better way to peace and happiness. His light illuminates the path of life, leading us along the straight and narrow way.

    “Those who press on, with their gaze fixed upon the light of Christ, have their own lights kindled within. He is real and, yes, He lives!”

    Woman Touching the Hem of the Savior’s Garment

    Woman Touching the Hem of the Savior’s Garment, by Judith Mehr “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace” (Mark 5:34).

    Judith Mehr

    “I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and my Lord. I know He is the Son of our Heavenly Father. I think of Him as the One who gave His life and sacrificed Himself for my sins so that I might be resurrected and live with God and my family after I die. The most ever-present thing about my testimony now is that I feel His presence in my life daily. I can never deny His existence and His supreme love for me. I love Him with all of my heart.”

    In Remembrance of Me

    “In Remembrance of Me,” by Walter Rane “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

    Walter Rane

    “I do not know what He looks like, of course, so I do not attempt to make Him look the same each time I paint Him. Every painting portrays a different event in Christ’s life and is an attempt to express a different aspect of the Savior’s personality.

    “I know my efforts are very inadequate, but it is nevertheless an honor to try and capture, in some small way, some of the greatness of our Savior and to express, perhaps, a glimmer of His personality and express a feeling that may touch someone.”

    Prayer at Gethsemane

    Prayer at Gethsemane, by Del Parson “The Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him” (D&C 18:11).

    Del Parson

    “Christ is my hero. I love to read about Him and His life. It is humbling to try to portray Him in art.

    “My art has been greatly influenced by the guidance given in my patriarchal blessing. It gave direction for my work. Early in my career, my wife and young daughter were in a car accident. At that time I felt as if the Holy Ghost showered me with comfort and God’s love. This love is what I try to express in my paintings of the Savior.”

    Rescue of the Lost Lamb

    Rescue of the Lost Lamb, by Minerva K. Teichert “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

    Minerva K. Teichert (1888–1976)

    “I have a testimony of the gospel. Goodness, it’s the first thing in my life” (interview by Robert Conrad and Frederick Teichert, Feb. 6, 1974).

    “The Lord does open doors when we knock. Sometimes the door we had been seeking isn’t the one that’s opened, but the right door is usually the one that swings wide before us, even tho’ we may not recognize it until afterward” (letter to her daughter Laurie Teichert Eastwood).

    Christ Laments over Jerusalem

    Christ Laments over Jerusalem, by Gary E. Smith “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Luke 13:34–35).

    Gary E. Smith

    “My mother instilled within me a faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age. When I heard the gospel and joined the Church at age 25, it was like finding the missing piece of a puzzle. Today, I still carry with me that faith I had as a boy. But now with wisdom, maturity, and experience that faith takes on a deeper and more profound understanding of our Savior’s life and mission.”