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LDS art painting of the annunciation of Mary.


Receiving direction and assurance from God is a very personal experience. Often, it is hard to put into words. Visual arts can express that deep spiritual and emotional meaning to the mind and heart without an explanation. 

Find inspiration in these scriptural-based works of art representing personal revelation and our relationship with God. Each makes the perfect addition to your Come Follow Me studies.

Stories and Symbolism From the Holy Bible

The Bible is full of stories about trusting God. Jesus Christ often taught about truth through parables such as the sower sowing his seed. In this symbolic story, we learn about the various ways people accept or reject God’s direction. In His teachings, Christ used symbolic phrases like “living water" and "light of life". Both phrases illustrate the nourishing effect of His word.

We also read many accounts of individuals who received important direction directly from God and acted on it. Joseph and Mary, for example. Elijah, Moses, Mordecai, Esther, David, Daniel, and Joshua--to name a few. This first collection of LDS art reminds us that we can also find light and clarity as we seek Jesus Christ in our lives.

Joseph leads Mary and the infant Jesus on a donkey.

Flight by Rose Datoc Dall

A painting of the woman at the well holding a pitcher.

Living Water by Susan Edwards

A biblical woman shield a seedling in her hand.

Seedling by Susan Edwards

Biblical young woman holds a pitcher and gazes up toward the sky.

Seeking Shiloah by Joseph Brickey

Two of Christ's apostles walking down a dirt path.

Did Not Our Hearts Burn by Eva Koleva Timothy

A cured blind man looking up with gratitude toward Jesus.

And Now I See by Justine Peterson

Jesus teaching the woman at the well.

The Water That I Shall Give Thee by eva koleva timothy

Stories and Symbolism from The Book of Mormon

Similarly, The Book of Mormon includes account after account of individuals and societies who received direction from God. It highlights patterns we can follow in our lives to develop our relationship with God and find lasting joy. 

We also find accounts of those who rejected God’s word. The patterns in these instances are just as obvious. We learn that the adversary will never support his followers for the long hall. Only Christ--who gave His life for us--has the power to help us heal and grow into our true potential. This next collection of LDS art shows some favorite stories and symbolism from The Book of Mormon that teach us the variety of ways God speaks to us as His children.

Modern LDS art painting of Enos praying to God.

The Prayer of Enos by Jorge Cocco

LDS art painting of Enos kneeling in prayer.

Enos Praying by Robert Barrett

Lehi praying the desert next to his camel.

Lehi in the Desert by Joseph Brickey

Modern LDS art painting of Nephi guiding his family with the liahona.

Nephi and the Liahona by Jorge Cocco

A young woman reaching up to grab a fruit from the tree of life.

The Greatest Gift by Chelsea Fuller

Modern LDS art painting of the brother of Jared presenting sixteen stones.

Sixteen Stones by Jorge Cocco

A family praying around a glowing tree.

Precious Above All by Annie Henrie Nader

Personal Revelation Through Prayer & Fasting

Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of communicating with our Father in Heaven. In His life and ministry, He was continually thanking God, serving Him, and making time to receive direction for His divine mission as the Savior of the World. 

We see similar examples throughout the scriptures, early church history, and even among believers in our modern world. Prayer is one of the most natural ways that the human family has sought their Creator. Fasting, or going without food and drink for two consecutive meals, can add strength to our prayers. It allows us to be more open and more prepared to receive spiritual impressions from Heaven.

Vertical painting of Jesus fasting and praying in the desert.

Fasting in the Wilderness by Rose Datoc Dall

LDS art painting of Jesus fasting and praying in the wilderness.

Led by the Spirit by Simon Dewey

Modern painting of Christ blessing a praying man.

Golden Blessing by Jorge Cocco

Jesus comforting a praying woman.

Forget Me Not by Annie Henrie Nader

Angel praying. Painting includes various textures and cursive texts.

Angel of Prayer by Cary Henrie

Acting On What You Already Know

Personal revelation does not do us a whole lot of good unless we act on it. In The Book of Mormon, we read about two brothers, Laman and Lemuel, who received warning and direction directly from an angel and immediately began to doubt it. Had they followed their doubts, they would have failed in their goal. So it is with us.

These next pieces of LDS art show scriptural and modern examples of what it means to act on the personal revelation we receive. We might not have the full picture or know the end result yet, but as we act and build on where we are at right now, God promises that: “For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly” (Doctrine & Covenants 71:6). In other words, God can only guide our feet once we begin to move them.

Jesus Christ walking on the shore toward the apostle's boat.

Call of the Master by Lightweave

Vertical painting of Mary listening to an angel.

Behold the Handmaid by Rose Datoc Dall

Jesus Christ walking down a path with a little boy holding a staff.

Lead Me, Guide Me by Rex Price

Jesus accepting loaves and fishes from a young boy.

He Will Make it More by Simon Dewey

Modern art painting of Nephi traveling with his brothers.

Go and Do by Jorge Cocco

A young woman walking through the dark blindfolded, holding out a light.

I Walk by Faith by Judy Cooley

Personal Revelation and Light Symbolism

Often in the scriptures and even in literature not purely religion-based, light is a metaphor for truth. The same also applies in many LDS art pieces. Light, like truth, allows us to see the world more clearly. It offers guidance in dark places and warms us when we feel surrounded by cold. 

That is also true of personal revelation. It does not mean we always like the direction or correction God gives us. In some cases, it might not even make sense at first, But we will always be glad that we chose to act in faith.

A young woman holds out a glowing lamp.

Behold, He Cometh by Simon Dewey

Christ hands are lighting a woman's clay lamp with His own lamp.

Gift of Light Eva Koleva Timothy

Jesus Christ healing a blind man.

From Darkness to Light by Simon Dewey

Three young women stand around a glowing flower.

First Blossom by Annie Henrie Nader

A young girl stands on a ladder in a field, reaching her arms toward Heaven. Gold glitter rains down toward her.

Grace by Eva Koleva Timothy

Modern, symbolic painting showing birds approaching the sun on different telephone pole wires.

Rising to a Higher Power by Carin Fausett

Personal Revelation Through Scripture Study

The scriptures are God’s word. They are one of the most direct ways to understand God’s nature and His will for us as His children. With so many conflicting opinions, ideologies, and news reports God’s word gives us access to an unchanging source of truth. 

This next collection of LDS art illustrates that studying the scriptures is often the way God answers us. They show that whether you are a prophet of God or a young child, the same method to find comfort and guidance works. Because, as Peter taught: “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34).

Joseph the carpenter reads from a scroll with young Jesus.

Growing in Wisdom by Simon Dewey

Book of Mormon prophet Lehi studies from the brass plates.

Lehi with Plates by Joseph Brickey

Vertical LDS art painting of a young woman praying with the scriptures in her lap. Light shines down on her.

Enlightenment by Judy Cooley

LDS art painting of a little girl reading in a rocking chair.

Enlightened Mind by Lynde Mott

LDS art poster of a young girl reading the scriptures. Text reads: "My soul delighteth in the scriptures. - 2 nephi 4:15".

My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures by Dan Wilson

A young woman is reading a book. She is surrounded by various math equations, diagrams, and cursive script.

The Glory of God is Intelligence by Cary Henrie

Personal Revelation and Ministering Angels

Angels are not always a common theme in LDS art, at least outside of portraying scripture stories. That is why we love the directions our artists have taken in these next pieces. Each painting is a reminder that God still sends His angels and that they still minister to us, even now.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said of the nature of God: “He watched over His mortal family constantly, heard their prayers always, and sent prophets (and later apostles) to teach, counsel, and guide them. But in times of special need, He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near.”

Three angels comfort a weeping woman.

Ministering by Linda Curley Christensen

Angels floating down toward a praying young woman.

Angels Among Us by Annie Henrie Nader

An angel traces a halo around a woman's head as she is deep in thought.

Angel’s Gratitude by Annie Henrie Nader

An woman in glowing white robes holds a little girl as they sit on the side of the girl's bed.

Angels Among Us by Simon Dewey

LDS art reproduction of a classic. An angel in flowing robes and wings look up toward Heaven.

Hear Him after Annie Louisa Swynnerton by Jay Bryant Ward

“He watched over His mortal family constantly, heard their prayers always, and sent prophets (and later apostles) to teach, counsel, and guide them. But in times of special need, He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near.” 

Two angels are speaking to a young woman who is studying.

Interrupting Angels by Annie Henrie Nader

One young girl is comforting another young girl who is praying.

Comforting Angel by Annie Henrie Nader

Receiving Personal Revelation In the Temple

Each LDS temple is designed, constructed, and dedicated to become the house of the Lord. As such, the grounds, building, and interior are kept immaculate and quiet. It creates the perfect space to meditate and feel the Savior’s presence as we perform temple ordinances. Many individuals have expressed feeling deep peace or even coming to life-altering insights while taking time there to ponder.

Quality LDS temple art can help bring some of that peace into your own home. This collection is only a portion of our extensive temple art collection. For more, visit our LDS online store.

Aerial shot of the Rexburg Idaho LDS Temple taken during sunrise.

Rexburg Idaho Temple - Greater Heights by Lance Bertola

An angled picture of the Salt Lake Temple with a textured overlay. Spring flowers bloom at the foot of the temple.

Hope by Mandy Jane Williams

The Idaho Falls LDS Temple with a textured overlay. Sunflowers bloom in the foreground.

Idaho Falls Temple - Brightness of Hope by Mandy Jane Williams

Photo of the reflective pavement leading up to the Rome, Italy Temple.

Rome Italy - Rain Reflections by Scott Jarvie

The sun crests over the edge of the Tuscon Arizona LDS Temple, which is surrounded by desert landscape.

Tucson Arizona - Endless Light by Evan Lurker

Provo City Center LDS Temple stands amid sunrays and fog.

Provo City Center - Sunrise by Lightweave

Vertical photo of the San Diego LDS Temple against a blue and purple sky.

San Diego - Twilight Vertical by Scott Jarvie

The sun crests over the side of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Oquirrh Mountain - Glorious Light by Evan Lurker

Panoramic photo of the Las Vegas Temple glowing above the surrounding trees and city.

Las Vegas Temple - A Light to the City by Scott Jarvie

The Restoration and Personal Revelation

Personal revelation played a foundational role in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even after Joseph Smith read James 1:5 and felt directed to pray, every convert that came after the First Vision had to study it out and receive a spiritual witness for themselves that it was true. 

Early church history accounts have inspired several of our artists. They have brought those important scenes and events to life with their insight and styles. We like that these scenes of the Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith, and the First Vision are so relatable. There is nothing about each scene that feels out of reach. They remind us that we too can approach our Father in Heaven with our questions and see miracles unfold in our lives.

Painting of Joseph Smith speaking with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove.

If Any of You Lack Wisdom by Linda Curley Christensen

Vertical LDS art painting of Joseph Smith retrieving the gold plates.

Preserved by the Hand of God by Simon Dewey

Panoramic picture of the Sacred Grove. A light shines down on young Joseph Smith.

Ask of God by Robert A. Boyd

Panoramic picture of Joseph Smith praying in the Sacred Grove. The sun shines brightly through the rows of trees.

Desires of the Heart by Lightweave

Impressionist painting of the Sacred Grove. It glows with warm colors.

Palava Valo by Greg Collins

Panoramic photo of the Sacred Grove. Beams of light shine down through the trees.

Sacred Grove - Radiant Beams by Robert A. Boyd

LDS art painting of the Sacred Grove. Joseph can be spotted praying in the distance.

Sacred Prayer by Linda Curley Christensen

LDS art painting of Joseph Smith reading scriptures in the field at sunrise. He rests up against a wagon.

Searching for Heaven by Lightweave

Panoramic picture of Joseph Smith walking through a field toward the Sacred Grove.

Spring Morning by Lightweave

Connecting with God’s Creations

At the end of the day, one of the best ways to seek personal revelation or feel God’s presence is by getting out in nature. When we take time away from the fast pace and the noise of the world, our thoughts tend to be more clear. It allows us to slow down and remember what is most important in our lives. In these moments, we are more prepared to receive guidance, comfort, and direction from our Creator.

Enjoy these last LDS art paintings featuring peaceful scenes and landscapes.

Jesus sits under a tree on a calm hill.

Shepherd by Lightweave

LDS art painting of a peaceful river setting.

Living Waters by Linda Curley Christensen

Soothing Creek by Anne Bradham

Painting of a gate surrounded by lush green and yellow leaves.

The Gate to Truth by Anne Bradham

LDS art painted scene of a bike parked in the leaves next to a river.

Morning Meditation by Anne Bradham

Stand Ye in Holy Places by Linda Curley Christensen

A small boy holds a lamb.

Little Friend by Rebecca Lee

Instagram post featuring a picture of Joseph Smith praying in the saced grove.

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