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I'm pleased to announce the addition of my latest offering to the St. George Temple Gallery at Heywood Fine Art. The image was captured looking east from just outside the surrounding wrought iron fence as storm clouds begin to break to let the sun shine through. The 5" x 30" image in my "golden sepia" style looks particularly striking printed on Kodak's metallic paper.  As with all images available from Heywood Fine Art, award-winning "Kodak Professional Endura" is the artistic paper of choice for your print and is delivered permanently-mounted on 3mm styrene for convenient framing.

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New Manti Utah Temple Image

I'm excited that my latest Manti Utah Temple image has been added to the Manti gallery at Heywood Fine Art. From a northern vantage point looking across the snow-covered Manti City Cemetery, this 5" x 30" image takes in the trees on the east and west sides thus creating what artists call "leading lines" leading the eye up to the temple.  Depicting a cloudless early morning, the image almost takes on an air of yesteryear as it's presented in what I refer to as "strong sepia" and no visible signs of modernity. As with all images available on Heywood Fine Art, award-winning "Kodak Professional Endura" is the artistic paper of choice for your print and is delivered permanently mounted on 3mm styrene for convenient framing.

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Temple Art in One's Own Home

Brandon saw a framed image of the Manti Utah Temple displayed in the home of a friend. Intrigued, he wanted to know more. Learning the image was of my creation, and then wanting to see more and larger options in person, we arranged for him to see additional images on display. After examining prints on "Kodak's standard semi-gloss", and "Kodak's metallic paper," and even on canvas, Brandon chose a 16 x 24 inch print (the one you see here) on metallic paper. Acquiring his own frame he now proudly displays this Manti Temple image he loved so much in his very own home.

The second photo reveals this same Manti Temple image on display at the "26th Annual Spiritual and Religious Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art of Utah." Looking closely one will see the framed photo presented on a wall all by itself (how cool is that!) with a cream colored mat and black frame.

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The Ideal Wedding Gift

Carlee wanted an image of the Manti Utah Temple as a gift for her brother who would soon be sealed for eternity to his bride in that magnificent and sacred building. Carlee chose the image seen here. The photograph itself was originally created on a “zero degree” New Year’s Day before sunrise. Choosing to have the 10 x 30 inch image printed on Kodak Metallic Paper - for visual interest and a sense of depth - in a classic black frame proved to be the ideal choice for the bride-to-be.

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32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah Exhibition

This last month this image of the St. George Utah Temple was accepted into the 32nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah Exhibition being held at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah. I wanted to do something different this year so I printed the image on metal (yes, it's a thing). It measures 10x30 inches and I chose to have a small foam block attached to the back so (with no visible means of support) it appears to be floating in air about an inch off the wall. Kinda cool. The mere fact of being accepted into the exhibit is a great honor. My work has been accepted into the show 6 of 7 years I’ve submitted. The exhibition runs through January 10, 2018. If you're in the area please stop in see it in person.

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Beauty and Order

"As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives. As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace which will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.'"

– Thomas S. Monson, "Blessings of the Temple"

Perhaps the next best thing may be an image of the temple on the wall of your home where you can be reminded of that feeling of peace every day.

If you're not finding "just the right one" we'll soon be adding for your perusal new images of the St. George Temple and Manti Temple.

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Exceeding Great and Precious Promises

As I came within sight of the Manti Utah Temple the other day, a recent conference talk came to mind wherein Elder David A. Bednar put into words a profound insight about life and worship and how prioritizing the temple in our life can help us focus on the blessings of eternity: 

"One of the great challenges each of us faces every day is to not allow the concerns of this world to so dominate our time and energy that we neglect the eternal things that matter most. We can be too easily diverted from remembering and focusing upon essential spiritual priorities because of our many responsibilities and busy schedules. Sometimes we try to run so fast that we may forget where we are going and why we are running.”

Then after addressing our divine identity, spiritual rebirth, and the Sabbath, he brought the temple into the picture:

“A principal purpose of the temple is to elevate our vision from the things of the world to the blessings of eternity. Removed for a short time from the worldly settings with which we are familiar, we can ‘look to God and live’ by receiving and remembering the great and precious promises whereby we become partakers of the divine nature."

Elder Bednar then bore testimony:

“I witness that our Heavenly Father lives and is the author of the plan of salvation. Jesus Christ is His Only Begotten Son, our Savior and Redeemer. He lives. And I testify that the Father’s plan and promises, the Savior’s Atonement, and the companionship of the Holy Ghost make possible ‘peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.’ ”

– "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" October 2017

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Early on the morning of April 25, 1877, President Brigham Young asked Brother Warren S. Snow to go with him to the Temple hill. Brother Snow says: “We two were alone: President Young took me to the spot where the Temple was to stand; we went to the southeast corner, and President Young said: “Here is the spot where the prophet Moroni stood and dedicated this piece of land for a Temple site, and that is the reason why the location is made here, and we can’t move it from this spot; and if you and I are the only persons that come here at high noon today, we will dedicate this ground.” – Whitney, Orson F. Life of Heber C. Kimball. Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967. p.436

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Manti Utah Temple

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Manti Utah Temple

The Manti Utah Temple stands on a hill overlooking the Sanpete Valley in Central Utah. The March 1978 Ensign magazine shares a bit of history …

“[The city] was settled by determined pioneers. They carved shelters for that first winter out of a hillside of creamy tan oolite; in the spring, they battled rattlesnakes for possession of the valley. And from that hill, they took the limestone to build their temple … "

The temple can be seen when entering the Sanpete Valley from the north by way of Nephi Canyon from a distance of more than thirty miles. Indeed, the "Jeweled Crown of Manti" (as it has been called) may rightly be called the Crown of Sanpete Valley.

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St. George

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St. George

I feel a special fondness for the St. George Utah Temple. Every opportunity I have to stroll the grounds seems a sacred experience. I also particularly like the following portion of the dedicatory prayer offered on April 6, 1877 by Daniel H. Wells (a much storied participant in the latter-day restoration):

"Almighty and Everlasting God, our Heavenly Father … Thou who art the Father of our spirits; it is to Thee we approach this morning to worship and to offer up our dedicatory prayer, in thanksgiving and praise for this offering, even a Temple which Thou hast enabled Thy people to rear unto Thy most Holy Name. We realize, Our Father, that we are dependent upon Thee, and that, although we are shut out from Thy presence, inheriting many weaknesses and made subject to many temptations and sins, we are Thy children and as such, we come before Thee in the depths of humility, with broken hearts and contrite spirits, praying that Thine indulgence, Thy tender mercy and compassion may be extended toward us, and that Thou wilt forgive everything which thine all-seeing and searching eye hath held amiss in us."

These three images - the first of several to eventually find their way here - were created as I walked the temple grounds. I hope you find them as I intended: sacred, reverential, inspiring.

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New website for LDS Temple photography by James L. Heywood

New website for LDS Temple photography by James L. Heywood

Well I've finally done it. Though not a website builder, I've finally rebuilt Heywood Fine Art from the ground up. I plan to start simple and slowly expand. I'm not really sure what's going to happen when I click the Go Live button. Let me just press it and see …