In September Irvine Ward Journal featured a photo essay of a magnificent sculpture garden, constructed at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. Now, a similar faith-promoting project is about to be started in the UK.
“The project revolves around this old farmhouse built in 1750 – the Hartwood farm. The farmland once connected with this farmhouse was sold to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1992. The Preston Temple, the Preston MTC, and the Stake Centre were all built on that land and dedicated in 1998. Land that once grew crops and raised cattle is now harvesting and nurturing a spiritual crop.
Now, some eighteen years later, the Hartwood farmhouse and the neighbouring temple gardens are about to be reunited with the common purpose of turning the hearts of the children to their parents. A Memorial Wall with engraved granite walls, statues, stained glass, gardens and Visitor Centre will be erected to recognise:
- British Reformers such as John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, George Wishart, & John Knox
- The translators of the King James Bible
- The passengers of the Mayflower
- The 400 Protestant martyrs and 380 Catholic martyrs through whom we enjoy religious freedom
- The amazing work of Restoration forerunners such as John Wesley, John Bunyan, George Fox, George Whitfield and others
- The faith of many famous British authors, scientists, composers, poets, statesmen, etc.
- The huge British musical contribution
- The Victorian LDS emigrants who saved the early Church (many of whom are probably your ancestors)
- The “stay and build” pioneers of the 1950s and 1960s.”
Read remainder of article at Meridian Magazine
Direct link to the Hartwood Pioneer Wall