Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the Light of the World sculpture exhibit at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in a standing-room only event (which was originally scheduled inside the garden until rain changed the plans). Here is the text of his dedicatory prayer upon the 15 scenes depicting the teachings and miracles of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of artist Angela Johnson.
“Our beloved and holy Father in Heaven, we’re gathered in this beautiful and now sacred location having had a most rewarding cultural and religious experience. We’re grateful for the natural setting in which we find ourselves, and we’re grateful for the people who have contributed so much to this setting and toward this moment. We do make particular mention of Sister Angela Johnson, who’s dedicated her artistic talent to advancing the mission and message of thy beloved son Jesus Christ.
“We’re surrounded here by her statuary and the evidence of her inspiration. We ask a special blessing upon her and upon our beloved friends Alan and Karen Ashton and all who serve at Thanksgiving Point and the Foundation, all others who have donated, will yet donate and participate in any way in making these dreams and this garden become a reality.
“In the spirit of this occasion and the invitation that has been extended, I’m honored to be voice in dedicating this Light of the World Garden and the statuary in it toward all the purposes for which they’ve been created. In doing so, I pronounce a blessing that this will remain a pristine acreage of beauty and inspiration, that neither the forces of nature nor the hand of man will mar or deface or otherwise damage or defame the art or the garden or the spirit that is created and the sanctity we feel here. Furthermore, I bless all those who may come here of whatever faith or of no faith at all, that they might be touched by thy spirit and by the messianic majesty of thy son. I pray that such visitors — older and especially younger, local or from distant lands — that they’ll all be open to the light of the world that this artwork represents, that there will be reverence for and devotion to the divinity of thy son, and the blessings that have come to all of us because of Him, and will yet come if we follow His light.
“May we come unto Him, may we be touched by Him, may we be comforted by Him, may we be ultimately saved by Him. This is our prayer this day, and that is the purpose of this garden. To that end, that each individual who comes here will be blessed, will be safe, will be inspired, and will be more Christ-like in their lives, we so pray and so dedicate, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
The Light of the World Garden is now open to the public at Thanksgiving Point. Learn more about the garden here.