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The Boise Idaho Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by artist Chad S. Hawkins. In 1989, at the age of seventeen, Chad started this unique temple series, becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork.
To achieve the unique aerial perspective required for this drawing, Chad referred to photographs he took from a 75-foot-high platform. From this angle the viewer can see the ornate grounds, the details of the temple and spires, and the many beautiful fruit trees behind the temple.
President Howard W. Hunter counseled, “Let us truly be a temple-attending and a temple-loving people. We should hasten to the temple as frequently, yet prudently, as our personal circumstance allow. . . . As we attend the temple, we learn more richly and deeply the purpose of life and the significance of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ensign, February 1995, p. 5). To remind one of the importance of Christ’s atonement in temple work, the artist has subtly rendered the Savior’s image across the surface of the temple where the celestial room is located.