Liz Lemon Swindle

Liz Lemon Swindle began her painting career in first grade. Her first exhibitions were on the refrigerator, encouraged by her father. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist, Nancy Glazier. In 1992, Liz began painting a subject matter she had long desired to approach: her faith. Her paintings are now held in corporate and private collections around the world and have been published in countless magazines and books. Liz and her husband Jon have five children and eighteen grandchildren.

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Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant

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What Profiteth It A Man: The Rich Young Ruler (Modern)

Parable

And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is agood, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. - Luke 18:18-25

What Profiteth It a Man: The Rich Young Ruler (Modern)

In this story, a rich young ruler asks Jesus what he must do to obtain eternal life. Jesus tells him that he must keep the commandments to which the young ruler replies, "All these have I kept from my youth up." Jesus then tells him to sell all that he has and give it to the poor if he would have treasures in heaven. When the young ruler heard this he went away sorrowful, "...for he was very rich." - Luke 18:23

Jesus was not concerned with the amount of money that the rich young ruler had, but that he had set his heart upon his riches instead of giving it to God. Today, we are so caught up in accumulating that we seldom stop to think if what we are doing will really make us happy. I included a heart in the pattern on the tie of this modern-day "rich young ruler," to remind us that just as the rich young ruler was faced with a decision 2000 years ago, we are each faced with choose what we will give our hearts to and whether we want treasures on earth or in heaven.

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When Did He Know

Parenthood is truly a miracle. Tiny souls are sent down forgetting everything and we, as parents, are given the responsibility to teach them who they really are.

In many respects, it was the same for the Lord. He came to the Earth as each of us do. Though His Father and angels would tutor Him, it was likely His earthly parents who taught Him that He was the Son of God. Perhaps the greatest gift parents can give their children is to teach them through love and example who they really are.

When I think of the Savior I wonder, “When did He know who He was?” Then I think of myself and wonder, “Do I really know who I am?” This painting reminds me that we are never too young or too old to remember who we are.
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Where Are The Nine

I remember a time I worked on a school project for one of my children. At its conclusion they grabbed the project and ran from the house to catch the bus. There was no time for thanks, no time for gratitude.

When Christ healed the ten lepers, only one came back to give thanks. He asked of the leper, "Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?"

In a society that grows increasingly hectic, how often do we run from the house without stopping to thank Him? This one leper reminds me that there is always time for thanks, always time for gratitude.
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While Emma Sleeps

The adopted twins of Joseph and Emma, Joseph & Julia Murdock, were now eleven months old and had been suffering with a difficult case of the measles. Shortly before midnight on March 24, 1832, Joseph sent his exhausted wife to bed with their daughter Julia. Joseph stayed up to care for his infant son, Joseph Murdock, and it wasn’t long before they were both asleep.

Suddenly a vicious mob of more than 25 men burst through the door awakening all within and dragging Joseph outside by his hair. Emma ran behind screaming, but was powerless to stop the mob. Amidst the confusion, the front door to the home was left open and the twins were exposed to the frigid night air. This was too much for the already sick Joseph Murdock, and five days later he died.

As I read this story, I was touched by the human side of Joseph Smith. He treated the responsibility to his family with the same feeling and passion that he did for his calling as a prophet of God. I wanted to capture in this painting the love Joseph had for his young family and the responsibility he felt to care for them along with Emma. I found that love in a quiet moment where Joseph walks the floors While Emma Sleeps.
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Who is My Neighbor?

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Why Weepest Thou?

How fitting that one of His most devout disciples was the first to see him after He had risen. Mary Magdalene knew Him well. She had followed Him throughout His ministry and loved Him deeply, yet in her grief she didn’t recognize Him. Was it her tears that blurred her recognition? Perhaps it took a moment to recognize Him because of the glory of his resurrected body. We don’t know.

Aren’t we all a bit like Mary? When we struggle the most, we are reluctant to look up and see His face and let Him bring us peace and comfort and direction. Possibly one of the greatest lessons we can learn in life is to know He is there and to go to Him immediately.
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Without Purse Or Scrip

Early in His ministry, the Savior called His disciples to go forth and preach his word. These were largely fishermen with little money. They must have worried how they would provide for themselves and their families as they left to go and preach. Calming their fears Jesus said, "Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses... for the workman is worthy of his meat." - Matthew 10:9-10

The Savior, nearing the end of his life, could again sense the fear growing in his disciples. He reminded them, "When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing." - Luke 22:35

We live in times of great uncertainty when the necessities of life seem harder to come by and where the burden of providing for our families seems heavier than in days past. This painting reassures me that although the road may be rough, when we walk with Him we need not worry for in Christ we lack nothing.

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Woman At The Well

One hot and dusty afternoon, a woman came to a well to draw water. There she found the Savior resting from His long journey. She was surprised when He asked for a drink because she was a Samaritan, a group despised by the Jews. She said, "How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me...for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans." The Savior then taught, "Whosoever drinketh of the water I shall give him shall never thirst." (John 4)

We often feel like this woman, and judge ourselves unworthy to be with the Lord. We go about our daily duties feeling we have never done enough. And yet, as we go forward in faith, we come to find, as the woman did, that Jesus knows us each personally. He knows every strength, every flaw, and every tear that has been shed. As we sit at his feet He reminds us that we are all daughters of God accepted and loved by Him.
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Worth Of A Soul

When Mothers Without Borders approached me about going to Africa, I told them I was not interested. For me Africa was a world away, “and besides,” I thought, “I am too busy.” Imagine my surprise when I found myself on a plane to Zambia in June 2007.

One of the first children I met was Kennedy, the little boy you see in the painting. At three years old he has lost both of his parents to AIDS and was found living alone with his six year old brother and ten year old sister. When I thought of those three children struggling to survive and the millions of others across Africa in similar circumstances, I felt an overwhelming hopelessness and said to myself, “No amount of money can fix this.”

Later that day while we were filming, Kennedy climbed into the arms of the man portraying the Savior. As I stood watching them, Kennedy turned towards me and our eyes met. At that moment I knew it wasn’t hopeless. I realized that the Savior could fix not only the problems of Africa, but of the whole world…and we can be His hands to do it.

For the first time in my life I felt what Isaiah meant when he said, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” To Kennedy and all who struggle to understand why, I promise that God has not forgotten you.

Looking back I realize that my reasons for not wanting to go to Africa are likely the same as yours. We are busy and feel like we cannot make a difference, but I know now that neither is true. We are never too busy to lift another and every good work is known to Him who said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of…these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
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Ye Are The Light Of The World

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Ye Are The Salt Of The Earth

Early in the Savior's ministry, He climbed the hills surrounding the Sea of Galilee and taught what we now call the Sermon on the Mount. During that sermon of sermons the Lord said, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out..." - Matthew 5:13.

His disciples were more familiar with the symbolism of salt than we are today. They understood its preserving power in a world without refrigerators. They realized that salt loses its savor when mixed with something else. They further understood its cleansing power and its importance in adding flavor to life.

All of these symbols were involved in the Savior's parable, but there was one that stands out above the others. Salt was an integral part of temple sacrifices and so became associated with the covenant people. Through this parable Jesus reminds us that we become salt when we make and keep covenants with God. As we remain true to those covenants and avoid mixing with worldly influences, we can be cleansed, preserved, and become the "salt of the earth."
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Young Women Values - Choice And Accountability

Choice & Accountability
In the parable of the Ten Virgins the Lord speaks of a wedding feast in which ten virgins are invited to wait for the arrival of the newly married couple. Knowing that the wait might stretch into the night each virgin brings a lamp, but only five bring extra oil.

The wait for the Lord stretches longer than anticipated and the five foolish virgins run out of oil. They hurry to the market to buy more, but while they are away the Savior comes and goes in to the feast with the five wise virgins who brought extra oil. When the foolish virgins return from the market they find the door shut and call out to the Lord to open. He replies, "I know you not."

The oil represents our preparation to meet the Lord. We become prepared by making good choices. We alone are accountable for our choices. We may choose to follow Jesus and add precious drops of extra oil, or we may choose to spend our time in other more foolish pursuits. Either way, the time will come when the Lord returns and our choices will determine if we go in with the Lord to feast or stand outside the door hearing His words, "I know you not."
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Young Women Values - Divine Nature

Divine Nature

Never in the history of the world have their been more messages calling out to us. Messages about how we should look, how we should dress, and what it takes to be important and valuable. All too often these messages crowd out the still small voice that whispers, "You do not need all of that stuff to be valuable. You are already valuable because you are a daughter of God."

Within each of us is a spark of divinity. Our Spirits were created by our Heavenly Father and as His daughters each of us have a spark of divinity. We were truly born to greatness. Our divine natures mean we were born to do great things, born to lift others, born to find joy, and born to become like our Father.

This picture reminds me that no matter how old or young we may be, we are still children of a loving Father in Heaven.
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Young Women Values - Faith

Faith

While Jesus was on the earth, there was a woman who had been sick for many years. Because of her illness she had been forced to leave her family and home. Hurting and alone, she prayed for help. She was convinced that if she could just touch Jesus' robe she would be healed. Although she knew the penalty for going into public with her illness was death, her faith in Jesus made her willing to risk her own life to see Him. One day as Jesus was walking through a nearby city, the woman made her way through the crowd and reached for the Savior. Her faith was not in vain and when she touched Jesus' robe she was immediately healed.

This woman is not so different than each of us. We each have left our heavenly home and come to earth. We each experience loneliness and sorrow while we are here, and we each pray that the Lord will hear our prayers and help us. Like this woman, we must have the faith to reach out to the Savior and when we do we too will find our faith rewarded, our pains eased, and our loneliness lifted through the healing power of Him who said, "I have seen thy tears [and] I will heal thee." - 2 Kgs. 20:5
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Young Women Values - Good Works

Good Works

“Jesus…beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites… And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had…” – Mark 12:41-44

It can be easy to do good things when everything in our lives is going well. The true test is what we do when we are struggling ourselves. Do we choose to focus inwardly, telling ourselves we will do good when things get better. Or, do we choose to follow the widow's example and perform Good Works even when life is difficult? It is only as we forget ourselves in doing good that we will understand Jesus promise, " He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." - Matthew 10:39
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Young Women Values - Individual Worth

Individual Worth

Jesus once taught, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go after that which is lost?" – Luke 15:4.

Sometimes we may feel like we are one of the ninety and nine who are doing what they should and feel safe and loved. At other times we feel like the one that wandered off and became lost . We may feel totally alone thinking no one understands us. This painting reminds us that the Lord is our Good Shepherd who knows and loves us. So great is our Individual Worth to Him that He promises us He will never stops seeking after us until He has found us and carried us home.
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