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The Gila Valley Arizona 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.
“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 Gila Valley 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, I rendered an image of the Savior in the motion of inviting us to receive the blessings found in temple service. Additionally, I included a hidden tribute to President Spencer W. Kimball. Since President Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona, I wrote the prophet's name on the temple's surface near the top of the temple.”