In Remembrance of Me, a murals tour at the Mesa Temple Visitors’ Center celebrates the life and works of Jesus Christ this Christmas season. The tour is curated for the Christmas season, making it the perfect opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. We invite you to come and see these beautiful murals for yourself and to take in the powerful messages they convey.
Mesa Temple Visitors' Center Mural Tour
In Remembrance of Me
Rose Datoc Dall
Dall’s work brings us closer to the Savior through her use of color and sensitive depictions of the Savior’s ministry. She has a niche for using a contemporary style that highlights the Savior as the brightest and central part of the mural. The Savior’s gaze rests on a man who was known to have been paralyzed for 38 years. The man was reaching out to the Pool of Bethesda, which was believed to heal infirmities. He, however, could not reach it.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
First News of the Resurrection
Rose Datoc Dall
Rose Datoc Dall said “I am intrigued that the first witnesses of the resurrected Savior were women, who arose early to go to the garden tomb that Easter morning to anoint the body of Jesus. They beheld the angel, who instructed them to go quickly to the disciples to tell them that He was risen. I wanted to depict the moment of anxious awe and wonder while they were on that errand, at the very first declaration of the glad news that would roll forth and change the world. This painting is a homage to those women and, indeed, to all the faithful women disciples who are often overlooked but who play a great role in Christ’s Church.”
1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
In Remembrance of Me
Walter Rane‘s paintings are featured around the world, including several temples, the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, and several visitors’ centers, like the one here in Mesa. He has always been interested in painting religious themes, and his testimony can be seen and felt through each one of his works. He hopes that through them, he can invite countless viewers to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ. With this piece in particular, he gave the audience a place to enter into the table with Christ.
3 Nephi 18:7
7 And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
My Father’s House
Al Rounds spent an entire year speaking with scriptorians, gardeners, and locals to construct a historically accurate interpretation that would speak to people of all religions. He focused on important symbolism, prophecies, and small details that draw us in and invite us to ponder on Christ’s Atonement.
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Woman at the Well
Close loves to focus not only on the Savior’s ministry, but also on His followers and how they felt love and joy in His presence. Prayer is also an essential focus of her artistic process. She says, “This is a daunting work to try to represent the Son of God and I can only attempt such an endeavor with the continuous help of prayer.”
John 4: 13-15, 26
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
26 Jesus saith unto her, all that speak unto thee am he.
Loaves and Fishes
Rose Datoc Dall
Before this event, the Savior spent time alone mourning the death of His cousin, John the Baptist. Where the natural man would turn inward with grief, Christ turned outward to the multitude in compassion. He taught them and later miraculously fed five-thousand with only five loaves and two fishes, leaving twelve baskets of fragments to spare.
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Balm of Gilead
This painting was created in response to widespread natural disasters and calamities around the world, and was inspired by scriptures from the Old Testament: “O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours” (Isaiah 54:11). The Savior’s Second Coming is foretold as an event that will be great and terrible, but also one that will bring healing and relief. The healing power of Christ and His Atonement was symbolized in the Bible by a balm originating in ancient Gilead, used for healing wounds. Here the Savior reaches out to those that have suffered and becomes our personal Balm of Gilead.
copyright 2012 Ann Adele Henrie
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
He Comes Again to Rule and Reign
Mary Sauer is a contemporary realist figure painter and has done several paintings of Christ, one of which is “He Comes Again to Rule and Reign,” featured here in the Visitors’ Center. The portion of the painting on the wall is only one piece of the painting. Not featured is a multitude of people below the Savior, looking to him for light.
3 Nephi 11:14
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
Abide With Us
Kenneth James Spencer
“What I have learned over the past 30 years of painting is that beauty has a power all its own, and when harnessed with a meaningful subject and the artist’s intention, it becomes charged in some very special ways.
Ultimately, I hope this work will inspire and enrich my fellow travelers on life’s journey. And so, I offer my artwork and observations in the hope that it may add something to your life and contribute in some small way to the Truth, Virtue, and Beauty in our world.”
– J. Kenn Spencer
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.