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The Medford Oregon Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by the 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.
“As with all of my temple works of art,” comments the artist, “I include, in addition to the temple, appropriate hidden spiritual images within each drawing. With the Medford Temple, my goal was to include images that would encourage both the adults and the youth to partici-pate in sacred temple ordinances. For the adults, I placed among the trees and beautiful landscaping a hidden image of the Savior with his arm extended to the front door, in the motion of encouraging all to attend the temple as often as occasion permits. To remind the youth of the opportunity of performing baptisms within the temple, I drew four oxen in the trees beneath the baptistry room of the temple, exactly where the actual baptismal font is positioned within the temple.”