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"Come, Follow Me" - September 2023

Joining millions of Latter-day Saints around the world, the MOA is supporting the Come, Follow Me program by sharing artworks from our collection and visiting exhibitions to accompany each chapter of Come, Follow Me. Below you'll selections for this month alongside commentary and questions written by members of the MOA team. We hope that art-lovers everywhere will be inspired by these artworks as they complement their gospel study, family discussions, and church classes with fine art from around the world.

August 28 - September 3

An important truth that Paul taught the Corinthians was the importance of unity in the Church. Unity is more than just peaceful coexistence; it is cherishing and developing the differences that make the Church a sanctuary for all peoples, cultures, and tongues. Church worship becomes familial.

In this piece by Gene Kloss, we see figures marching together, unified in their purpose. Their religious procession directs their focus to God. There is an individual carrying a cross at the front of the procession, as well as others who are purely moral and physical support throughout. Much like the characters in this painting, members of the Church become unified as we mutually rely on God.

In what ways do you glorify God in your communal worship?

September 4-10

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is foundational to teachings pertaining to Christianity. Without it, Paul says to the Corinthians, “then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). Some Corinthian saints struggled with the idea of resurrection, leading them to believe erroneous principles about the Savior’s crucial role in our salvation.

This piece demonstrates the important decisions pertaining to our eternal salvation. The principal figure noticeably hesitates between choosing to live the clear and regimented Law of Moses and the new law of Christ, a holier approach to drawing nearer to God that will bring this figure to salvation.

What personal changes can you make to more fully live Christ’s New Law?

September 11-17

As mortals, it is common to experience the pain and guilt that leads us to doubt our place in God’s kingdom as His child. The apostle Paul knew that feeling well, as he went from being a persecutor of the Christians to becoming a “new creature” in Christ. Ultimately, he changed his own name to reflect the change of his heart.

The episode of the prodigal son, as depicted here, reminds us of the sorrow and pain we feel when we are separated from the presence of our loving Heavenly Parents through mortality and sin. The agony of that trial is evident on the son’s face and complemented by his strong grip on his father, willing not to let go again. However, through the atoning sacrifice, we can hold firm to Christ, becoming “new creatures,” no longer feeling the sting of our sins. 

How has reconciliation with God made you feel?

September 18-24

Faith, hope, and charity are all key attributes of a disciple of Christ. Echoing Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians, Elder Holland encouraged saints around the world to actively seek divine opportunities for giving our abundance to those in need.

Consider the colors, lines and expressions depicted in this image, knowing that the three angels in this piece embody the notions of faith, hope, and charity.

In what ways do these angels depict the values of faith, hope, and charity?

Past 'Come, Follow Me' Artworks

"Come, Follow Me" - December 2023

Featuring works related to readings from the final books of the New Testament

"Come, Follow Me" - November 2023

Featuring works related to readings from Hebrews, James, and the epistles of Peter

"Come, Follow Me" - October 2023

Featuring works related to readings from Galatians through Philippians