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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Photographed For A Temple Mural

Being photographed by Howard Lyon
On 18 April, Kim and I had the AMAZING opportunity of being photographed.

Now, some of you might not be thrilled at the prospect of being photographed, but that's probably because you haven't been photographed under the proper conditions.

Here are the proper conditions:

1. You must be photographed by a professional artist.

2. Those photographs must be used for a Temple mural.

Well, whaddaya know?! Kim and I met both of those qualifications last Thursday!

A few months ago, I found out that my friend, Howard Lyon, was asked by the Church to do the murals for the Gilbert, Arizona Temple. He asked me if Kim and I were interested in being photographed for one of those murals.

I believe my answer came out in stutters.

So Kim and I planned a work trip around the photo shoot drove out to Arizona last Wednesday and posed for The Sermon on the Mount.

How cool is that?!?

During the shoot, Howard said something that I think is worth repeating. Said he: "In this photo, you're listening to Christ speak. Remember, not everyone at that time knew he was the Savior. If it was undeniable that he was the Savior, then he wouldn't have been crucified. In everything we do, Christ wants us to exercise faith."

I thought that was very profound. Even for the people who walked with Christ, faith was still a challenge. Faith is hard. Faith is work. And God will always require us to exercise our faith.

Anyway, Howard and Shari (his wife) both told Kim that she was a perfect model; not only is she a very relaxed on camera (she's a talented actress), but she also has some very Middle-Eastern facial features. When I asked how I did, they chuckled and said: "You're Seth."

I don't know if I should be delighted or offended...

In any case, thank you Howard and Shari! You're wonderful people and I'm glad we're friends (even if we can't remember how we met)!