Cover image: “Worth of a Soul” by Liz Lemon Swindle.

The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full report, CLICK HERE.

When leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lift the temporary suspension of weekly worship services, Church members around the world will again enjoy the centrality of the meetinghouse to their Sabbath experience.

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In a letter today, the First Presidency is asking local leaders to ensure that the aesthetic feel in the foyers and entryways to the faith’s weekly worship spaces reflects an even deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. This effort supports President Russell M. Nelson’s call over the past 18 months to emphasize that “Jesus Christ is at the center of His Church” (First Presidency letter, March 5, 2019).

Today’s letter says local leaders and facilities managers should work together to assess the placement and unobstructed display of Christ-focused art in the foyers and main entries of each of the faith’s meetinghouses around the world. Leaders can continue to choose from a selection of art that features the Savior of the world. Most of these paintings can be downloaded in the photo carousel below.

A document accompanying the letter includes the following five guidelines for a better Savior-focused experience for those entering a meetinghouse.

  1. Place existing artwork that depicts the Savior Himself or the Savior ministering to others in meetinghouse entries and foyers. Examine existing artwork to ensure that it is appropriately framed, displayed and in good condition.
  2. Move other artwork to another location within the facility or remove it altogether.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE.