He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home

~SFG He Will Place You On His Shoulders and Carry You Home 16 x 15 He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home   (42 by 38 inches, oil on canvas on panel)

In November 2015, I had the opportunity to teach a workshop to a special group of soldiers.

Many had never painted before. I demonstrated how to do a master copy of “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. I had one soldier who was so excited to paint. In the foreground of the painting he changed it and painted a path leading to a home. These soldiers had experienced a lot of trauma in their lives and were living with the after effects of PTSD.

When I asked him about the path he commented that he was painting a path to get home.

When seeing the painting, his counselor began to cry, and said: “Everyone should have a way back home.”

This experience was deeply moving to me.

In General Conference April 2016, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the following talk. He said:

“Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.

“My dear brothers and sisters, my dear friends, I testify that God sees us as we truly are- and He sees us worthy of rescue. You may feel that your life is in ruins. You may have sinned. You may be afraid, angry grieving, or tortured by doubt. But just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.

“He will rescue you.

“He will lift your up and place you on His shoulders.

“He will carry you home.

“With each step of faith on the path of discipleship we grow into the beings of eternal glory and infinite joy we were designed to become”.

This painting is an homage to the all those who long for home.

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Picture 209 Sweet Hour of Prayer   (40 by 30 inches, oil on canvas on panel)

“The praying Christ: That is the example to which we are to point others. The Christ of humility. The Christ of spiritual communion. The Christ who is dependent upon his Father. The Christ who asks for blessings upon others. The Christ who calls down the power of heave. The Christ who submits, yields, and obeys the will of the Father. The Christ who is one with the Father in at least one way that we may be united with him as well—Through prayer. That is the light we are to show to the world. It is the image of Christ.”  (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, January 1996. 19)

Prayer has always been efficacious in my life. I wanted this painting to reflect that prayer was a priority in the Savior’s life. The scripture reference is Mark 1:35. Jesus was in Capernaum where he healed many that were sick of many divers diseases.

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

In April Conference of 2003, Elder Russel M. Nelson gave a talk entitled, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” He concluded this address with the following hymn:

Our Prayer to Thee

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With grateful hearts and fond emotion.

We thank Thee for our great Exemplar—

Thy beloved and atoning Son—

Who gave Himself as sacred ransom,

That we could live again with Thee!

Our joy is full, our song so gladsome;

Renew our faith and hope in Thee.

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With thankful hearts and adoration.

We thank Thee for our loving Savior,

Who redeemed us from death and sin;

He gave to us His truth to brighten

Our path, to help us walk His way,

To love and serve, to lift and lighten

The lives of all who will obey.

We pray to Thee, our Heavenly Father,

With gratitude and deep devotion

For loving faith and endless splendor—

Eternal glory—bound as one!

We pray for mercy and forgiveness

And hope to know Thy holy will.

We yearn for Thee, we plead in meekness,

Thy trust in us may we fulfill.

In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.