Art and Photography



There are many facets of art in today's world. I've talked about lots of them, but today I found something that touched my heart and I wanted to share it with you. It all started with the Mesa Arizona Temple.

In 2007, a talented photographer by the name of Mark Mabry Jr., was asked to put together a slideshow of the life of Christ as portrayed in the pageant. What followed was an amazing time of spiritual growth and enlightenment for thousands who saw the slideshow as it was shown during the first part of 2008 and as it has been sent through the internet.

The images have since been put together in a book that is now available through Deseret Book, and I think it will become a must have for many.

This inspiring group of photos came to my attention through an email a friend sent us, and as I watched the images unfold, I was very touched. Not only did the music move me, (Come thou fount is my favorite piece of music) but the photographs seemed to catch the very essence of Christ and his ministry. It draws you in, pulls at your heart and fills you with the spirit. I don't think anyone can watch the slide show without some measure of emotion. It's that strong.

I invite you to go and see for yourself.

I suggest you read the accounts of the various participants and how they felt as the photographs developed. Read the accounts of how they grew as a person, and in spirit during this wonderful project, and how thankful all of them are -- for the Savior. The man who portrayed Jesus had been in the pageant for a couple of years in a row, and the humility of the man playing John the Baptist is inspiring.

As you watch, maximize your screen, and turn up the volume on your speakers. You will feel the spirit testify to you of the love and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. You will be drawn closer to him, and you will know you are loved.

This world gets crazier and darker each day. Art and music bring us closer to each other and to the Lord. Now, through the marvelous gifts of camera and talent, we are given even more.

Thanks to Mark Mabry Jr. for doing a fine job and allowing his work to be seen around the world. He has done many kind things in relation to this work. On his site is this message:
"So, if you have a soldier currently in Iraq, in your immediate family...
If they email me, name and rank and families home address, I'll send a small
print and dvd to their family as a gift. Really, I want to hear how you're
holding up and be inspired by your stories. It's totally selfish, I know, but
I'd love to know that these images continue to make a difference. Thank you for
your service."

He will be the first one to tell you though -- it was not him. It was the Lord.
Reflections of Christ

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Comments

Cindy Beck said…
Gaynell,
The slide show sounds amazing. Thanks for letting us know about it!

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