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Come, Follow Me (Art Companion)

To assist people of all ages in their study of the scriptures, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts has prepared a weekly tool to go with each lesson from the Come, Follow Me manual using fine art and objects created by members of the Church, commentary, and questions to spark discussion.

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We’re very happy to inform you that the Center has begun a project we call, Come, Follow Me (Art Companion). To assist people of all ages in their study of the scriptures, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts has prepared a weekly tool to go with each lesson in the Come, Follow Me manual using fine art and objects created by members of the Church, commentary, and questions to spark discussion.

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March 25-31 - "Be Not Afraid"

Caitlin Connolly (American, born 1986)

Loaves and Fishes (2019)

Symbols in painting are like symbols in the scriptures. For early Christians who could not read texts, including the Bible, painted symbols (a white lily, a purple robe, a lamb, lion, or snake) were universally understood. Today, some artists' symbolic imagery invites us to ask questions about ourselves and our lives with a backdrop of belief. The artist Caitlin Connolly ‘s painting Loaves and Fishes refers to the New Testament parable without illustrating it directly. She makes bread and fish into personal symbols. She writes, "I painted Loaves and Fishes after becoming a mother for the first time to twin boys. While trying to care for these children, I felt so inadequate, their needs were so great and my abilities were lacking. I wanted to be endlessly present while also needing time away. When I sketched this, I felt like it captured these conflicting emotions I was experiencing. The scriptural reference of the title was perhaps a small prayer woven into my experience—a prayer to myself, to my boys, and to God—that although my offering was incomplete, it might be enough."

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March 18-24 - "Who Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear"

David Linn (American, born 1959)

Agreement (2019)

"But blessed are your eyes," Jesus said, "for they see" (Matthew 13:16). The process of interpreting an artwork is very much like interpreting a parable. And the tools for one can be used for the other. Art works of complexity and Jesus' parables are so satisfying because they can mean multiple things to different people, and their interpretation can change as the viewer's/reader's life changes. Sometimes, that can also be a barrier because unlike a simple illustration, an allegorical painting or a dense parable requires more of us than merely listening or looking for answers; we must ask questions, too.

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