Religious LDS Art

Frank Thomas' LDS paintings and prints are filled with images of the Savior, Jesus Christ, Bible scenes, Book of Mormon scenes, LDS Temples, Prophet Joseph Smith & Brigham Young in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois.   On-site research in the U.S. and Middle East adds to his religious Mormon art.

The Visit of Angels

The Logan Temple, Cache Valley, Utah, February 1905 
Original Painting - Acrylic on Canvas, 8.8 sq. ft. (32" x 40") By Artist Frank M. Thomas
Background:  John Farnham Boynton was one of the original twelve apostles of latter days.   He ultimately returned to his Massachusetts to live, but at Nauvoo he had caught the spirit of genealogy and temple work.  He never lost his testimony of the gospel and was a Mormon at heart all his life.  In the 1870’s John went to work to compile a history and genealogy of the early Boynton families of America.  
Olive Boynton, a sister to John F., had married Jonathan Harriman Hale, Bishop of the ninth ward at Nauvoo.  The Hale family headed west with the pioneers, where the parents died at Winter Quarters.  The four sons and a daughter arrived in Utah and settled at Grantville in 1854.
As John F. compiled his thousands of names in family order, he sent copies to his nephews in Utah, knowing they would soon have a temple, and could do the temple work for his families.  

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A Stick Pull In Nauvoo

The Prophet Joseph Smith Loved Physical Contests

Original Art Canvas, 11 sq. ft. (40" x 40")  by Artist Frank Thomas“ 

Collection of David & Becky O'Neill, Moses Lake, Washington

Background:    There were few manly sports in which the Prophet Joseph wasn't enthusiastic about, or at least have a try at…and many in which he excelled.   For example, he wrestled, and wrestled effectively.    He jumped at the mark.    In this activity you simply drew a mark on the ground, then jumped and marked where you landed, then challenged someone else to match or exceed the jump.    He pulled up stakes: Here two men faced each other, placing feet against feet, grasping hands and then pulled.    Another version of that [very much similar to pulling stakes] is 'the stick pull,' in which, face to face, while sitting on the ground, you hold a strong pole or stick, like a broomstick, and then pull.   The stronger of the two maintains his grip, and his hands don’t slip.   Either the weaker participant's hands slip, or the stronger one remains seated on the ground while his opponent is lifted off (the ground).

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Joseph Smith and Hiram Smith Leave Nauvoo for Carthage Jail
Early Morning of 25 June 1844
Original art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")  by Artist Frank M. Thomas…Reed Zobrist Collection, Las Vegas, Nevada

Historical Background:

On the fateful morning of 25 June 1844 the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum left Nauvoo, bound for Carthage, Illinois.

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Joseph & Emma Arrive in Kirtland, February 1831
Original Art Canvas (22 sq. ft. ) by Artist Frank M. Thomas

Historical Background:
    In the Fall of 1830, four men arrived in the area of Kirtland Village, a part of the Connecticut Western Reserve's Ohio frontier region, near Lake Erie. The men, Mormon Missionaries from Palmyra, New York, came bearing a new book of scripture, called The Book of Mormon. They taught a message of the restored gospel and soon began baptizing new members into the newly established Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than a hundred were baptized in two months.

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Priesthood Meeting in the Little Log Schoolhouse on the Isaac Morley Farm

Original art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")  by Artist Frank M. Thomas

Historical Background:
In Kirtland, Ohio, some of the earliest elders in the Church met in preparation for the 1834 Zion's Camp march to Missouri. These elders, called to a Sunday evening meeting 26 April 1834, by the Prophet Joseph Smith, received prophetic glimpses of what lay ahead for the infant Church.


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Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon Leave Kirtland January 12th, 1838

Original art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")  by Artist Frank M. Thomas

Historical Background:
    After the Saints completed construction of the Kirtland Temple, in 1836, increased persecution and mob violence against the Saints and their leaders escalated into 1837 and 1838. It was fueled by anti-Church religious leaders from around the Ohio countryside. Some of the Prophet's most difficult trials came during this period of time. And it was becoming no longer safe for Latter-day Saints to continue living in Kirtland. The Prophet's life, under constant threat, was now in extremely grave danger. He was "warned by the Spirit" to leave immediately, in the evening of the 12th of January.

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Sarah Leavitt's Baptism into The Church of the Latter-day Saints, Kirtland, Ohio, in the Fall of 1837.

Original Art Canvas, 22 sq. ft. (48" x 66")  by Artist Frank M. Thomas  -  Artist's Collection

Historical Background:    
Sarah Sturdevant Leavitt embodied all of the finer traits of the sturdy pioneer woman. She was endowed with a strong faith in the love of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and with a firm and abiding belief that Joseph Smith was truly a Prophet of God. She was willing to travel great distances without complaint to gather in Kirtland, Ohio, with others who followed the Prophet west.

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Original Art Canvas, 48" x 60"  by Artist Frank M. Thomas
Collection of Todd Holt, Delta, Utah
 The subject of this painting was taken from...3 Nephi 18: 21, Book of Mormon: "Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your wives and your children may be blessed."

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A Preface to the LDS Articles of Faith

Original Art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")By Artist Frank M. Thomas
Since 2001....Permanently Displayed at the MissionaryTraining Center, Provo, Utah

 Historical Background:
"March 1, 1842.---At the request of Mr. John Wentworth, Editor and Proprietor of the Chicago Democrat. I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-day Saints, of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder."

"...I was born in the town of Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, on the 23rd of December, A.D. 1805. When ten years old, my parents removed to Palmyra, New York, where we resided about four years, and...[So begins the familiar story.....After describing the establishment and growth of the Church, coming forth of the Book Of Mormon and the intense persecutions that followed, the bloodshed, theft, misery and woe caused by lawless proceedings, the Prophet Joseph Smith continued]...

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SARIAH'S JOY; Her Sons Return

...In the Valley Lemuel by the River Laman...
(As taken from the Book of Mormon, 1st Nephi, Chapters 2 & 5)

Original Art Canvas, 12 sq. ft. (38" x 48")   
By Artist Frank M. Thomas… Collection of Dr. Paul Olsen. Provo, Utah

 Historical Background:
1 Nephi 2: 5-6

    5  And he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea; and he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which are nearer the Red Sea; and he did travel in the wilderness with his family, which consisted of my mother, Sariah, and my elder brothers, who were Laman, Lemuel, and Sam.
    6  And it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness, he pitched his tent in a valley by the side of a river of water.

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(Our Prophetic Legacy)

Original Art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")   Painted in 2001, by Artist Frank M. Thomas
In 2007 this art (Joseph & Brigham) was produced as a life-sized bronze sculpture, by Sculptor D.J. Bawden

Historical Background:
    "...this church will fill North and South will fill the world. It will fill the Rocky Mountains. There will be tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints who will be gathered in the Rocky Mountains and there they will open the door for the establishing of the Gospel among the Lamanites...This people will go into the Rocky Mountains; they will there build temples to the Most High."      
                                             Joseph Smith

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Abraham and Sari Leave the City of UR to cross the Wilderness to Haran

Original Art Canvas, 25 sq. ft. (54" x 66")    by Artist Frank M. Thomas

Historical Background:

This Old Testament/Book of Abraham scene portrays Abraham and Sarai (Sarah) leaving the city of Ur, as commanded by God, to cross the desert wilderness to Haran.   Abraham is shown discussing the route with his nephew Lot.   The scene is viewed from the higher ground at the edge of the Plain of Shinar, looking south across the marshy Euphrates River, the earthen/brick ziggurat and city of Ur of the Chaldees, and into the flat, remote Al Badiyah Al Janubiyah (Southern desert) of Iraq.   In the distance is the mountain range at Safwan, Iraq, forty miles away.

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The Saints Abandon Their Properties and Trek West, Searching for Safe haven in the  Valley of the Great Salt Lake

Original Art Canvas, 32 sq. ft. (48" x 96")    by Artist Frank M. Thomas
Collection of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah…Exhibited in the Nauvoo (Illinois) Visitor's Center
A second, smaller, original Canvas Painting, of this subject, is found in the Nauvoo LDS Temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
(NOTE: Unfortunately…After five years on the market, Art prints no longer available for sale) 

Historical Background:
    Taking advantage of a most unusual late 24th of February winter blast that froze the Mississippi, many hundreds of Latter-day Saints and wagons crossed the mile wide river to join with Brigham Young's Camp of Israel companies starting to assemble at Sugar Creek, a day's journey into the Iowa Territory.

"In this scene, their dawn departure halted momentarily on the Iowa side of the river while adjusting a harness, a small family wistfully looks back at Nauvoo (the City Beautiful), their home, the temple, farewell to thee; then onward to Sugar Creek, to Winter Quarters, the West." ....... Artist Frank M. Thomas

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Jesus Teaches Upon the Hills Overlooking  Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee

Original Art Canvas, 12 sq. ft. (38" x 48")    by Artist Frank M. Thomas - Collection of Dr. David Jaramillo, Orem, Utah

Historical Background:
Jesus, comprehending the thoughts and troubled, unenlightened state of mind of His Apostles, gave them an illustrated lesson. Calling a little child, whom He lovingly took into his arm, He said: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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My New Testament Painting of the Christ for Women

Original Art Canvas, 12 sq. ft. (36" x 48")    by Artist Frank M. Thomas - Artist's Collection

 Historical Background: The setting for this painting is in the city of Nazareth at sunset.

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The Prophet Lehi Goes Ashore In The Promised Land

Original Art Canvas, 20 sq. ft. (48" x 60")    by Artist Frank M. Thomas  -  Artist's Collection

 Historical Background:
" And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land."

Historical Background:
" And it came to pass that after we had sailed for the space of many days we did arrive at the promised land; and we went forth upon the land, and did pitch our tents; and we did call it the promised land."

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