Photo courtesy of The Gospel Art Kit, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A couple of weeks ago while we were up at the temple and Deseret Bookstore, Mike picked up a couple of poster-sized prints for me. One was of the First Presidency. The other is the famous "Jesus the Christ". I have always loved that picture of the Savior. I went to Michael's and happened to find a frame (with a mat!) on clearance for just $12. So I bought one (and then went back a few days later and bought one more). I framed both prints and put them on my wall. I wanted to say a word about having Christ on my wall. Well, let me back up. In December, Julyn gave me a GRAND Christmas gift. She made two 12"x12" tiles for me. On one, it says:
Christ is the center of our home, a guest at every meal, a silent listener to every conversation.I LOVE that. A couple of days ago, as I was cleaning up that room, I spied the tile on the mantle and read it again. It really helped me curb the urge to yell at the boys. And it was at that moment that I decided I should procrastinate no more. I had to get my picture of Christ up on the wall. Something magical has happened since I put the picture up. I see Him every time I walk into the room and it is a sweet and sacred reminder to me of many things. It is a reminder of who I am. It is a reminder of my purpose here on this earth. It is a reminder that indeed, He is the center of our home, where He should be. My attitude is different because of one simple picture on the wall. There is a reverence that was not there before. Truthfully, we have never had a picture of Christ on the wall before. I don't really know why that is. We just haven't. Knowing what I know now, I'm sorry that we've spent nearly ten years without one. But I can honestly say that as long as I live, I will never, ever again be without one. It makes an amazing difference in the spirit of my home. I'm also happy to have a picture of the First Presidency on my wall. Seeing that picture there is a constant reminder to me that we have a living prophet on this earth today and that we can look to him and his counselors for guidance and direction. Indeed, they are God's mouthpiece on the earth. What comfort that sentiment brings! It is a beautiful picture of those three men. I can almost see the light shining from them. How blessed we are in this day and age, to be able to walk the earth with the light of the gospel in our lives, to have the priesthood in our home, and to have a living prophet on the earth. Not all eras have had such a treasure. I am blessed beyond measure.