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Beacon Lights by TysonLaFollette Beacon Lights by TysonLaFollette
A picture I drew of the Logan temple as a gift for a loved one, which they seem to like, but really have no place to hang. XD

Wall space was an unforseen hurdle. :roll:

The lights inside the temple get brighter as you move up each floor, symbolizing an increasing nearness to god. The outside world is meant to be a dark and frightening place, which clashes with the bright and beautiful appearance of the temple itself.

Architecture isn't my strongest talent, but I like it.
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StormFox Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long time no see!  I've been offline for such a long time.  This looks fantastic, your perspective is very nice.  Looks like you've really been doing well lately. :3  Hope things have been good for you
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
:la: Thank you! I've been trying to improve.

Things have been going well. Picked up a new job, learned some chemistry... Things are progressing slowly, but noticeably. It's good.
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BlissfulGold Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014   General Artist
This is just great. The perspective and how you've executed this is very skillful. I'm sure it's well liked to whom you gave it to.

I really rather enjoy the glare marks you put on the windows to give them that nice glass surface. It works well and the composition is really nice; especially because you chose to offset it rather than painting it point blank in the middle which would've been the more obvious choice. It turned out especially nice this way, I think.
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
:iconblushplz: Ooohoho! Thank you! She seems to like it.(Though she doesn't have anywhere to hang it really. XD)

Yes, the nonsense window lines. :) I can't remember where I picked that idea up from. If you ever draw windows, give them a try. They make it so you can see that there's a surface there without having to do full-blown reflections.
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DevonianFossil Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
What's the Logan temple?
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
A house of worship of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Each is a unique building. This one is in Logan Utah. People who meet certain requirements are allowed to go there for special ceremonies.

They're beautiful buildings. The LDS church has a photo album of them HERE
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DevonianFossil Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I had forgotten they were called temples. I've passed the Detroit Temple (rather far away from actual Detroit) a couple times; ironically last time was on the way to visit Temple Beth El, one of the local synagogues.
As a Roman Catholic I was always puzzled by the relatively closed nature, for lack of a better word, of the LDS temples when compared to catholic churches; even down to the architecture. In our churches the nave, transept and sanctuary are all part of the same space. My understanding is that LDS temples divide up their space based on what kind of sacrament* people need there. Maybe that's only some of the temples though.

*I don't think they use that word, but I don't know what they call it.
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
That is a bit ironic! =D

It's always interesting to see how different people do the same(or similar) things. Are the nave, transept and sanctuary all part of 'A big room with lots of benches and a place up front for someone to speak to the assembly from.'? The LDS call such an arrangement a chapel, referring to the room itself, and not the whole building.

You're correct on both counts. The temples are divided into separate portions for different purposes, AND the LDS don't  refer to religious ceremonies as sacraments, but as 'ordinances'. (Confusingly, there is an ordinance called sacrament. It's the bread and wine.)

Most meetings and ceremonies are held in regular old meetinghouses, with a chapel and a few classrooms. Some ceremonies are deemed more sacred and performed in the temples, such as marriages and 'sealings'. There are also rooms for prayer and contemplation.

Now that we're on the topic though, I've got a few questions about Catholicism. Would you mind if I ask you a few?
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DevonianFossil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Go right ahead, it's about time I put those years of religion class to use.
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
What are the roles of different titles? I understand the guy I call a bishop is more like a Catholic pastor.

What is the Pope's role? Is he a steward or figurehead standing in during the absence of apostles?

The LDS believe that God, Christ, and the holy ghost are three distinct beings.(Though sometimes hard to distinguish in religious texts.) How does this compare to the Catholic belief?

What is the official(Rather than personal.) Roman Catholic belief on the purpose of life? Why are we here?

I'm sure I had others... but you know, now that I have a chance to ask them they've all hidden. :/
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DevonianFossil Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
It'll take me a couple comments to answer all these.

If LDS bishops are the ministers and administrators of their individual temple communities, then they are the same as pastors.
The Church's hierarchy is surprisingly flat (and getting flatter through Francis I's current reforms) when compared to most modern bureaucracies, but there are auxiliaries (the monastic and lay orders) that complicate it. For the people that undertake Holy Orders (the sacrament of entering the priesthood), they enter the church as priests. At that point they could also choose to join an order, as Pope Francis did when he became part of the Jesuits years ago. That's entirely up to them, and has no real bearing on their work in the diocese (a collection of parishes). The next level of authority is bishop, the one who leads the diocese. The penultimate level are the cardinals.

The Papacy is a stewardship role that originates in the very colorful early Christian politics more than doctrine. In the early Church the bishop was the leader of the Christian communities in certain regions, but once Christianity was adopted as the official religion of Rome there were factions that expected an international and central leadership. In particular, the Bishop of Rome considered themselves the successor to the mission Christ entrusted to St. Peter and the natural choice for the Church's leader. Other Bishops didn't agree, and in about 1064 the Great Schism split Christianity into East (Orthodoxy) and West (Roman Catholicism). The Bishop of Rome took the role of the western Church's leader, and became known as the Pope.

Since they are both the Bishop of Rome and spiritual leader of the planet's Roman Catholics, their addresses always start with the latin phrase 'Urbi et Orbi'--City and World. There's a common misconception that everything the Pope says has to be taken as infallible because of this, and that isn't true. Papal Infallibility can only be invoked under certain guidelines on articles of faith, or significant spiritual or moral matters, for the whole church. It's only been invoked once, by Pius IX who established it and declared that the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is core belief. It might seem like an odd topic to invoke infallibility over, but at the time there was a hot debate about the significance of Mary and women in general in Christianity; and making the Assumption of Mary dogmatic reinforced that women and their contributions to Christianity cannot be disregarded.
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TysonLaFollette Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Ah! So the Pope is a dual title. It is both bishop of Rome and leader of the whole church. I bet it keeps him busy!

*Sigh* Sexual inequality. A recurring problem. I think Pius IX made a good choice.

Hierarchies are never simple, are they? XD The LDS church is organized a lot like a typical republic. Leaders of small areas called 'wards' are called Bishops. Several wards make an area called a 'stake' led by a Stake President. Several stakes make up an 'area', led by a council called an 'Area Quorum of Seventy'. All of the area seventies report to a single major 'Quorum of THE Seventy'(Referring to THE seventy or A seventy can be confusing.). Finally THE Seventy report to the General Presidency, which is the prophet and two counselors.

Then to muddy the water a bit there are different groups and roles that report to each of these levels of the hierarchy. Most notable is the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who report to the General Presidency. Should the need arise the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles can(As a unanimous group.) overrule the decision of the General Presidency on a matter.

Sorry, I babble. I think my next question was about the Roman Catholic Church's stance on the nature of God. LDS belief is that God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost are individuals working together. How does this compare?
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