Angels in painting had wings that had to be painted over


second-coming-ldsThe famous painting of Christ’s Second Coming that hangs in many LDS Church buildings was originally painted by a non-LDS painter named Harry Anderson. Anderson, a devout Seventh-day Adventist, painted at least two dozen paintings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1960s.

Anderson’s original painting of the Second Coming had several angels with wings and Christ had a short haircut. The LDS Church asked Grant Romney Clawson (an LDS artist) to paint over the angels’ wings and lengthen the Lord’s hair. According to Clawson, Anderson had given the Lord a “Dutch Boy cut”, so he added about four inches to his hair.

Since Anderson was not in Utah and Clawson had been commissioned from the Church to paint several murals and was around, he was asked to make the corrections. As far as Clawson knows, Anderson was not insulted that the changes were made and painted additional paintings for the Church.

The above story was confirmed by Grant Romney Clawson. View his artwork at


Angels originally had wings in LDS painting

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  • June 13, 2018 at 6:11 am

    10- If you can’t get out of your teen mind set that isn’t the Church’s fault.
    9- It’s an artists interpretation of scriptures like Revelations 19:11-14.
    8- Angels with wings is a case where the Bible is mistranslated.
    7 – The trumpets would most likely be a ram’s horn or IOWs a shofar
    6-Jewish tradition prohibited trimming a beard with a razor. Idolatrous peoples shaped their beards.
    5-I think you are seeing things.
    4- Matthew 24
    3-The 2nd Coming isn’t about Jesus coming in peace. Revelations 19:15
    2- Even God is male. Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven,…
    1- You can’t. Revelations 19:13 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

  • June 8, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    10. Pleasantville much?
    9. The angels are the fractal detail of the trees?
    8. Wings were repainted as capes. Malificent would win a matchup.
    7. Haven’t we gotten past the Vuvuzelas by this point? Damn annoying.
    6. Does the beard grooming come magically, or a concubine trims it that way?
    5. Really, a mushroom cloud rising in the background? Keep threatening the masses!
    4. The moisture-bearing clouds are a great solution to cracked dry feet.
    3. I am supposed to believe you don’t have any weapons up those sleeves?
    2. Right, “Gender is an Essential Characteristic of Eternal Identity …”
    1. What do I gotta do to earn me a red belt instead of my lame white belt?


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