Latter-day Saint Art Ministering Ideas
As so many face personal struggles, the loss of loved ones, and the turbulent storms of our modern world, ministering is vital. On more than one occasion throughout the scriptures, Christ invited and even commanded His followers to gather. That’s because there is strength in numbers. When we bring all of our life experiences and viewpoints together, we have the potential to help teach, inspire, and heal one another.
It doesn’t mean we won’t discover disagreements or have habits or issues on which it is easy to clash. Each of us comes from different walks of life and carries a seemingly God-given uniqueness that comes with being a living soul and the child of the Master Creator. But it does mean that we are giving Christ something to work with to improve our lives and the lives of those we serve.
Each individual and family have specific needs. Only the Savior grasps the full depth of and context of their daily challenges, but as we work with honest effort, He may grant us some insight into what would help them at this specific time. We hope this selection of Latter-day Saint artwork inspires some ideas for sharing your testimony or discovering a meaningful gift.
Healing & Comforting Art
We’ll start with a selection of calming artwork. Each of our artists pours their heart, belief in, and experience with Jesus Christ into their finished work. Many pieces are inspired by personal and family struggles that became a sacred experience. Remind those that you minister to that they are never alone. As the Savior reassured Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail:
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.” (Doctrine & Covenants 121:7-9).
True art brings comfort and peace in the present moment as well as years down the line. It removes us, for a moment, from the demands of the day and reminds us that there is more to life than the hustle and bustle. Likewise, there is more to us than we often take time to realize. This makes it an especially meaningful gift for anyone, whether they are currently carrying heavy burdens or not.
Maybe those you minister to are about to send a missionary into the field. Congratulate them and celebrate the event with a meaningful gift from a favorite artist. Several of our artists like to focus on what it looks like to live the gospel in our day, including the sacred sacrifice of missionary work.
Elder or Sister, at home or abroad, the Savior values every missionary and honors what they and their loved ones give up to serve Him. The right artwork can remind them of their purpose during the more challenging times inherent to missionary service. It can remind them of their Savior’s love for them as they work to serve His children.
Or, on the other hand, you might also consider gifting art pieces and printouts that the missionary could give to companions or those that they teach to share the message of the hope of the restored gospel and Jesus Christ’s redeeming love.
Elder or Sister, at home or abroad, the Savior values every missionary and honors what they and their loved ones give up to serve Him.
Art Celebrating Mothers
Being a mother is not for the faint of heart. It is a constant juggling act of tasks and priorities. However, like any worthy effort, it brings with it moments of breathtaking beauty. A few of our artists who are mothers themselves have masterfully captured this rewarding stage of life.
We love these paintings because they illustrate the power of simple, consistent things. Much of the most important work of parenting is done not in extravagant family vacations or over-the-top birthday parties. Rather, it is done in the seemingly ordinary patterns of everyday life. It is in the mistakes and messes and the smiles and laughter. Just as our Heavenly Father often directs our lives through the day-to-day, so a mother’s true power is often found in the details.
Help the mothers you minister to feel seen and appreciated with a new piece of art dedicated to their sacrifices and efforts.
Art Celebrating Fathers
Fathers have an unbelievably important influence on the lives of their children. They offer strength, guidance, and security in a way society can never replace. Their sacred role mirrors that of our Heavenly Father and can help children understand, in a deep way, what a healthy relationship with God looks like.
These paintings illustrate the potential for warmth, healing, and confidence that fathers have the potential to bring into the lives of their children. This selection includes even the impact of Joseph the carpenter on young Jesus. Despite manifold mortal shortcomings, a lowly position, and an uncertain future God trusted Him with the care and protection of His beloved Son, as well as that of His highly favored Mary.
Fathers today are no different. God loves them and places much trust in the charge He grants them. With it comes fulfillment in this life and reward in the life to come.
Art for Children & Youth
Today’s youth face many unique and often confusing challenges. With so many shifting values, prevalent mental illnesses, and easy access to distractions, maintaining a testimony of Christ is no easy feat. A meaningful painting or poster can serve as a reminder of what matters most. It can bring encouragement, comfort, and an anchor during times that often feel turbulent.
Many of our artists had children and youth in mind when creating part of their collection. For example, Jay Bryant Ward created an entire series of minimalist paintings of Jesus standing with a child. You can find many versions on our site of the child in all different skin tones and hair colors to help individual children feel the love of their Savior.
In “Men of Galilee”, Simon Dewey spent immense time and redos on one painting inspired by the struggles of his own sons. Meanwhile, Annie Cole’s drawings were made specifically for teenagers and young adults.
Find the perfect piece for the family that you minister to.
Inspiring Latter-day SAint Temple Pictures
Finally, we have a vast collection of LDS temple photos. We have some very dedicated photographers. They travel across the country and even across the world to capture the growing number of temples. Each picture demonstrates that each house of God carries a unique beauty, as do the saints of the area that they serve.
These sacred buildings help to establish many comforting truths that build resilience against the uncertain future. Here, we learn that our souls are eternal. We are literal offspring of God with immense purpose and potential. Here, we learn that families are forever and that death is not the end. Not even close. Through the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can be freed from spiritual and physical death and return to live with God.
Is there a temple that is significant to those that you minister to? You can find it in our gallery.
Looking for something beyond wall art or prints? Visit our site to find puzzles, posters, mini cards, and more!
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