These creative visual works by LDS artists are humorous and heart-breaking, as they both enlighten and inspire –
Mother Gothel channels Elder Boyd K. Packer as she keeps Rapunzel locked up in the tower by terrorizing her with exaggerated risks. One can appreciate the anger Rapunzel will experience when she realizes that the person she thinks is her benefactor is actually her captor.
The sincere, smiling faces captured in this portrait hide what so many ex-Mormons know all too well: that you cannot just leave the church without sacrificing some or even all of your family relationships. That’s because the church actively tries to drive a wedge between those who have left or are doubting and those who are still all in.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
This piece makes note of the irony of having to pay so much, not only in terms of money, but also time and self-identity – all for the dubious privilege of experiencing that trapped feeling that first time temple goers know all too well.