Who is the Seventh-day Adventist whose paintings are all over Mormon churches?

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  • Netlace Portland, TN
    March 3, 2017 11:43 p.m.

    Look at the pictures. This as most pictures are now is called "deviant" art. This art is especially obvious. His love for math is also evident, it is everywhere! Look closer people.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2017 5:37 p.m.

    Fearfullooking posted:

    =I really appreciate this article. Before I became a Mormon, I was attracted to
    =the Seventh Day Adventist people.

    I've got quite a bit of admiration for the Seventh-day Adventists myself. I find it very interesting that they don't believe anybody will end up suffering intense agony for the rest of eternity, like most of the Evangelicals I've known do. As I understand it they believe the unsaved will suffer a finite amount of time and then God will annihilate them, cause them to completely cease to exist. I think it was a very brave stand for the Seventh-day Adventists to take on this. And it just makes sense; why would a good God let anybody suffer extreme agony forever? What good could come from that?

  • fearfullooking Maple Grove, MN
    Feb. 8, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    "Anderson wasn’t Mormon. So who was he? More than just a popular painter with a massive Mormon following, [Anderson] was a Seventh-day Adventist who serendipitously became an artist who sought the help of God and heaven's healing for health problems that plagued his adult life and career. And despite some differences with Mormon doctrine, Anderson illustrated hundreds of paintings for the LDS Church."

    I really appreciate this article. Before I became a Mormon, I was attracted to the Seventh Day Adventist people. Prior to my senior year in high school, my best friend and I drove to the Grand Tetons National Park. I fell for a young women, whose family members were Seventh Day Adventists. The family invited my friend and me to visit them in Portland, Oregon, after we completed our plans to visit California.

    We spent a few days with the family and we fell in love with their entire family. Seventh Day Adventists are just as precious to God as Mormons, in my view.

  • Red Fotog Wake Forest, NC
    Feb. 8, 2017 8:16 a.m.

    I admire his paintings for their technical brilliance and composition. However, Jesus was a Jew - and a rabbi. Born in the Levant, Jesus would have had a slightly darker skin pigment, and black (or dark brown) hair...as would most of the population. Mary Magdalene, Mary His mother, and other women would be dark haired and dark eyed. Making Jesus to look like modern-day Saints is more humorous than anything else. We paint who we are...

  • rogerdpack Orem, UT
    Feb. 8, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Love the art, thanks Harry Anderson for your contribution to our faith! :)

  • Cav Pilot St George, UT
    Feb. 7, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    blue devil.....because we DO have a different understanding of the Bible.
    but just because we know better, does not make us better. It just makes us more responsible for what we do know. That seems to be a common theme of "the chosen" throughout history. We think we are "chosen" for what our ancestors were, not who we are.
    Sadly, your point is accurate...too many people think they can only elevate themselves by diminishing the nuggets of light and knowledge that other have.

  • summarizerer Berryville, VA
    Feb. 7, 2017 3:14 a.m.

    @Hutt rite

    "Whenever I see any artwork in those facilities I always wonder...
    Is that what a bronze age Palestinian Jewish person would look like?"

    Well..your right the paintings wouldn't look like bronze age people because Christ didn't live during the bronze age but nice try though.

  • Brad James Manti, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 9:22 p.m.

    He's really talented. Of course, when I think of Harry Anderson, I always think of Judge Stone on Night Court. That's one of my favorite shows :)

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 4:24 p.m.

    While I like these nostalgic paintings, I guess because they are as old as my childhood, I agree with Hutterite. It would be nice to see some new art. As many talented artists as there are, we should be able to find some inspirational and historically accurate newer styled paintings. I have found myself at church and in contemplation, looking at the art that is on display there many times. Also I know that as a missionary, the art in an LDS building can help convey the messages of the Gospel to those who visit. And, although not absolutely necessary, why not feature LDS artists in our buildings; would this not tie into "I'm a Mormon"?

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 3:14 p.m.

    I issue my strongest possible condemnation to those who are trying to make an issue of this artist's religious affiliation. It is an obvious attempt to attack religion in general, and the LDS Church specifically. Freedom of religion must be preserved.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:57 p.m.

    Many painters, even those sent by the Church to Paris to learn to paint, were either not LDS or not active. This is not a new phenomenon. It demeans the art and our appreciation of it if religious affiliation is hyped in this way.

  • sam1 Washington, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:36 p.m.

    I have always loved his paintings. My favorite is the Second Coming.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Feb. 6, 2017 2:20 p.m.

    He hid pictures within the picture 'Christ at Second Coming'.
    you can see a splash of red above the Saviors right elbow. This is a tie. Above it is a wisp of white hair and a face. The face of of President David O McKay.

    In the bottom left there are two pictures. On the left is Christ kneeling in Gethsemane and facing him is a profile of Joseph Smith Jr.

    In the upper right of the painting above one of the angel's elbows are President and Sister McKay in a suit and dress.

    The two women angel's with their horns lowered are in fact the faces of his daughter(s).

    The capes on all the angels are from when he was asked to remove the wings. He changed them from wings to capes. I'm sure there are more but these are the only ones I remember the guide at the Mormon Battalion visitor center pointing out to us.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    Whenever I see any artwork in those facilities I always wonder...
    Is that what a bronze age Palestinian Jewish person would look like?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 6, 2017 1:33 p.m.

    I know art is subjective, but I see Harry Anderson as not much more than a two-dimensional illustrator. His work doesn't move me.

    In one LDS building I recently saw a magnificent photograph of an African woman at prayer. It stunned me! It was so powerful next to the ubiquitous, flat Anderson magazine prints. It would be so nice if the Church phased out Anderson and phased in some truly moving LDS art, thus adding to our spirituality and giving encouragement to LDS artists at the same time.

  • UtahBlueDevil Lehi Ut & Durham, NC
    Feb. 6, 2017 12:13 p.m.

    I am sorry.... but why would pictures painted by a Seventh-day Adventist of Christ life or bible stories be any different than those from an LDS artist. What in the world does "... despite some differences with Mormon doctrine, Anderson illustrated hundreds of paintings for the LDS Church. His work is now known around the world.".... even mean?

    This is one issue I have with "Mormon" exceptionalism", that some how we as members have a completely different understanding of the Bible. We need to get over ourselves. We may have the gospel in its fullest, that doesn't mean the others don't have truth as well.