When this crate arrived from Utah it was like Christmas, Birthday, Easter, Father’s Day and maybe even pancake day all rolled into one. I knew what was inside, but even so I could not wait to rip off the ‘paper’. This wooden wrapping paper proved a little more challenging than the norm and half an hour later I finally got my hands on the contents.
I was in awe.
Inside was this bronze bust titled “It is I. Be not afraid” donated for inclusion in the Pioneer Memorial next to the Preston Temple. These photos really do not do it justice. It is a totally different experience to see it close up…which was the intent of its sculptor.
The bust is taken from the monumental scene of Christ walking on the water as displayed in the Light of the World Garden in Thanksgiving Point, Utah. The scene depicts when the Disciples were aboard their ship and…
“…tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.” Matthew 14:24-27
“The original design was created so that people look UP into his face. They look up about seven feet into his face. The bust is different because it’s a piece of the original design taken out of context meant for people to get close and look into his eyes. The only way anyone could get that close to the depiction of Jesus walking in the water is to get up and stand on the water. (That’s not allowed).When he was in the water the storm was blasting him in the face. The storm in every sense, is the metaphor of the powers of darkness, the sea, the adversity and tempest in our lives.”
“O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
“President Uchtdorf told me once, I love all of your depictions but this one, “It is I, Be Not Afraid”, is my favorite.”
“Never apologize for the stern expression. I put if there for a reason. We are to wake up! and realize what we are really fighting for.”