On the left of this painting, I depict the Lord’s great promise to Abraham that his posterity would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. The Saint George Temple at night is a beautiful white, reminding us to be pure in thought, honest, and of pure intent. Those who enter the temple make sacred covenants to keep the Lord’s commandments. In return, they are promised that the Lord will bless them with eternal marriage and family relationships. This is all possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ which makes us clean and fit to return to His presence, once we complete our mortal probation and stewardship to build up the kingdom of God on the earth. The stairs, much like Jacobs Ladder, are a symbol of us getting closer to Heaven as we make each covenant with the Lord.
Genesis 15:1-2, 5-6
1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2 And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.