Temple Artwork Spotlight: Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple


The Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by Chad Hawkins. Chad started this unique temple series in 1989 at age seventeen, becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork. The temple was dedicated on July 16, 2000. It serves 24,000 LDS Church members in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and Monroe Louisiana stakes, as well as a few stakes from Mississippi.

Hidden Spiritual Imagery

Chad Hawkins said this of his Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple Drawing, “As with all of my temple works of art, I include, in addition to the temple, appropriate hidden spiritual images within each drawing. With the Baton Rouge Temple, my goal was to include an image that would encourage members to have a current temple recommend and to visit the temple as often as occasion permits. Among the trees and foliage, I rendered a full-length image of the Savior in the motion of inviting us to receive the blessings found in temple service.”

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