October 14-20 - "I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me"
Kah Leong Poon (American, born Singapore, 1963)
Manhattan New York Temple (2005)
archival digital fine art print, 6.25 x 13.75 inches
Collection of the artist
Used with permission of the artist
Speaking of his anguish regarding the ancient Saints, Paul wrote, “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:1-3).
In Latter-day Saint temples, altar cloths are beautiful symbols of "being knit together in love." Their specific function is to protect the altars. While optional for each temple, the choice has been made to use altar cloths in the Manhattan New York Temple. These cloths are crocheted by hand, sometimes by local members. The cloths are made to specific dimensions—including the weight of thread to insure durability—and if an altar cloth is damaged, it is removed from the temple and discarded. The temple matrons of the Manhattan New York Temple have gently cared for, washed, pinned, and blocked these cloths since the temple opened. As a temple matron of the Manhattan New York Temple described, the specifics of how to care for these cloths are passed from one matron to the next, each adding her own refinements to the process. The cloths are handled with loving care to maintain their beauty and function. Certainly, these precious objects are "knit together in love ... to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God."
What things are in your home that are symbols of love and unity? How do these symbols, including the artwork, in your home influence the way it feels to be there?
Paul ties the ideas of "hearts might be comforted" with "being knit together in love." How do these two ideas interrelate?
How does unity help us to find "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3)? How does charity open our hearts to an understanding of other gospel principles?
Art project: Select or create something to display in your home as a symbol of a characteristic of Jesus that you wish to develop. Describe this symbol to others in your family or those with whom you live.