About a year ago my aunt asked me if I could create a color version of my Names of Christ booklet (found here). She printed them off on really nice paper and gave them to some special women in her life for Christmas. She gave me a copy of the finished product, and it's lovely. The painting of Christ that she wanted to be included was this one that President Thomas S. Monson has had in many of his offices.
He wrote, "Through the years, the offices I have occupied have been decorated with lovely paintings of peaceful and pastoral scenes. However, there is one picture that always hangs on the wall which I face when seated behind my desk. It is a constant reminder of Him whom I serve, for it is a picture of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When confronted with a vexing problem or difficult decision, I always gaze at that picture of the Master and silently ask myself the question, “What would He have me do?” No longer does doubt linger, nor does indecision prevail. The way to go is clear, and the pathway before me beckons." (Thomas S. Monson, "Windows," Ensign, November 1989, p. 69)
When I was looking for a photo to include of President Monson and the painting in this post I came across this sweet blog post and tribute to this blogger's grandmother.
"After I was called to be a General Authority Seventy in 2009, President Thomas S. Monson invited my wife, Ruth, and me into his office to set me apart. He told us many things about his ministry and showed us around his office.
One of the paintings in President Monson's office caught my attention. It is a depiction of the Savior, as painted by Heinrich Hofmann. Immediately, I knew that I wanted the same picture in my own office. I arranged for a copy of the painting to be framed so that I could take it with me to Africa. It hung in my office in Johannesburg for five years and now hangs in my office in Salt Lake.
Some might wonder why I like this painting so much. I love the way this painting depicts the eyes of the Savior. To me, His eyes are full of compassion, mercy, and love. As we work to continually become more like the Savior, we will better understand the love that He has for us." (Elder Dale G. Renlund, "Dale G. Renlund: An Obedient Servant,", Ensign, July 2016)
This past weekend at General Women's Conference, I was once again inspired to a more serious focus on the Savior. I want my knowledge and devotion to be unshakable. I want to have the "bedrock of understanding" that President Nelson was quoted in two of that talks. (see Russell M. Nelson, "A Plea to My Sisters," General Conference, October 2015)
I want to immerse myself in the word of God with renewed dedication and commitment. Like everyone else finding time to do everything is hard, but making time for this is essential. For I love the Lord, and He needs to be my priority.
The free Names of Christ booklet can be found here free for you to download. I have updated a few mistakes (although the "oops 20" in the picture is in reference to where it is located in my personal scripture journal) and reconfigured the downloads for easier access. I hope that you will join with me in making the Savior, the bread of life and priority in our lives.
This darling printable is from Alexa Zurcher. I adore her work and ordered these two darling quilts that Loaf loves to wrap up in. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the goodness that others share. I often think about wanting to create more things, but I don't have time for everything, and when there are such beautiful downloads already available it makes life wonderful.