Called to Serve

Story Behind the Art:

"Called to Serve" was the first painting by Doc which incorporated a mirror reflection. This painting was inspired by a letter to Doc while he was the Ward Mission Leader in Salem, Oregon, written by a young missionary, Elder Brad Griffith. Months after receiving the letter, Doc and his wife Carolyn were delivering their son Adam to the Provo MTC to begin his mission to Korea when Doc asked his son to stand in front of the mirror and put his tie on. From the photos he took that morning, Doc completed this painting. "Called to Serve" was entered in the International Art Competition held every three years at the Museum of Church History and Art, and it won a Merit Award, a Visitor’s Choice Award, and was finally purchased by the Church. - Doc Christensen