Atarah and the Painting of Jesus

Atarah was a beautiful young Jaredite girl.  She was best friends with Dinah, the daughter of one of the kings, who was the same age as Atarah.  Atarah’s parents worked for the king, so they would bring Atarah to the king’s palace with them.  Atarah was an only child.  Her parents desired more children, but more did not come to them.  Dinah had many siblings who cared for Atarah as one of their own.

Atarah’s father worked in the King’s garden, while her mother worked in the palace helping the queen.  One of Atarah’s main jobs, especially as a young girl was to dust the furnishings in the palace.  She was given a beautiful feather duster made from feathers of an ostrich-like bird.  Atarah loved the duster as the feathers were carefully dyed with many beautiful colors.  She would dance through the palace with her feather duster, carefully dusting the many furnishings in the palace.

Because Atarah spent so much time in the palace, she became part of the family (as well as her parents).  She was educated with the king’s children and she played with them.  One of her very favorite things to do was to sit in the king’s living room and listen to him read the scriptures to his family.  Every day, the king would gather his family to read scriptures and to teach them about Jesus Christ.  Now, having several children, some days were quite chaotic, but that did not discourage him.  He had a strong testimony of the coming of Jesus Christ and wanted his children to learn to love Jesus, as he loved Him.

The king knew that it was easy for people to fall into wickedness, as it had already happened several times among the Jaredite people.  The king did not want this to happen to any of his children, so he testified often about Jesus Christ.

One of Atarah’s favorite things to do, especially as she grew older, was to draw and paint.  She was blessed with a unique gift to draw people, especially faces.  She was able to capture emotion in each of her drawing.  Because the king knew the brilliance of Atarah’s gift, when he sent people to various cities to shop at their markets, he told them to purchase the best canvases, paints, brushes, and other tools they could find.  They brought back paints, papers, brushes, and canvases made of the best materials.  Atarah was elated every time she received new materials.

As Atarah listened daily to the king and his family talk about Jesus Christ, she desired to draw pictures of Him.  She talked to the king about Jesus and how he thought she should draw and paint His picture.  The king introduced Atarah to one of the prophets so she could talk to him of how she could draw and paint His picture.  Atarah prayed for knowledge and guidance to know how to draw Him.

Atarah began having dreams about Jesus.  She saw many aspects of His life.  She dreamed about His birth, baptism, the Sermon on the Mount and other teaching, His apostles, His death and resurrection, and many other parts of His life that are not recorded in scripture.

She talked to the prophet and the king about her dreams and what she thought Jesus would look like.  The prophet confirmed her thoughts.

After drawing and painting the faces of many different people, mostly her friends and family, she finally became comfortable in attempting drawing the face of Jesus.  She first used a pencil type tool, something that she could easily erase as needed.  When she had a drawing she felt pleased with, she took the drawing to the prophet.  He loved the drawing and gave her a couple suggestions.  Atarah modified her drawing and took it back to the prophet.  The prophet showed the drawing to his wife and she was in awe.  The Spirit touched her heart and soul that Atarah’s picture was very similar to what Jesus would actually look like.  Atarah was in tears, the prophet and his wife were in tears as they contemplated the earthly mission of Jesus Christ.

Atarah then began her first painting of Jesus.  She had the best tools to work with.  She had the best paints of a variety of colors.  She had the best canvas that was brought to her.  She wanted the materials to be the very best as she was going to paint the face of the person who would save her and her people from their sins. The king allowed her to use a room in the palace to paint.

Atarah worked for weeks on her painting.  Occasionally, the prophet and his wife would come and view the progress.  The king and the queen would come in to look at the painting.  Anytime anyone would come and look at the painting, they would feel reverence and awe for their Savior.

Finally, Atarah finished the painting.  It was magnificent!  It was holy!  It was placed in a sacred area where many could come and view it.  Those who looked upon it were filled with the spirit and hope that Jesus would actually come and Atone for their sins as was prophesied by the prophets.

Atarah continued to paint pictures of Jesus.  She painted many different pictures of his life and his mission.  She painted pictures of his suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross.  She painted pictures of his resurrection and his visits to his apostles in Jerusalem and visits to the inhabitants of the place she lived.  She also painted pictures of Jesus in the latter-days and the millennium.  Her paintings and drawings were well-known and many would travel great distances to see her paintings.


We loved music!  We had many different instruments, some similar to the one you use, but most were different because of our different technologies.  We had keyboards, not like pianos that you have now, but similar.

Music is universal and musical notes are universal.  This is one area where Heavenly Father has kept the music pure.  You notice that everything with music has a pattern, the notes, how music is notated.  We notated pretty much the same that you do now.  We had sharps and flats, but called them by different names.

I made and played a piano-type instrument.  It didn’t have quite as many keys as your current piano.  I played concerts for many people, and kings and queens, and prophets and prophetesses!  We had many different styles of music as there were many very talented musicians and composers throughout our history.

Kim, Her Dog, and the Jaguar

This is a story of a young Jaredite girl named Kim who was about 5 years old.  She was a very inquisitive girl and always wanted to explore her beautiful world.  She didn’t like being cooped up at home or in her yard, even when she was outside.  She wanted to explore the world!

On a beautiful sunny day, Kim was playing outside her home and saw some movement off in the distance that caught her attention.  She was intrigued!  So, carefully looking around to assure no one saw her (they did have to keep a sharp eye on her because she did like to wander off) she headed toward whatever it was that created the movement.   One of the family dogs, a large black dog that was almost her size, saw Kim leave and followed her. Once Kim saw the dog, she was glad the dog came. She really liked this dog; it was her favorite of the dogs that her family had.

As Kim walked down the path, a large cat-like animal jumped out at her, similar to a jaguar.  The dog intercepted the jaguar, stood between the jaguar and Kim, ferociously barked at it, and scared the jaguar off.  Because the dog had a unique bark and barked unusually ferocious, Kim’s mother and older brother heard the barking and ran to see why he was barking.  They found Kim, unharmed, the dog protecting her, and Kim was ecstatic because she saw a jaguar close up!!

Dinah and the Hair Clip

There was a young girl, Dinah, who had beautiful long, dark hair.  She loved her long hair, but did not like hair in her face, which it often did.

One day while Dinah was at the market with her mother, she was about 12 years old, she saw a beautiful silver and gold hair clip that had several small blue, red, and white crystals in it.  Dinah fell in love with the hair clip as soon as she saw it.  She really wanted the hair clip. Actually, her mother also loved the hair clip and thought it would be a great solution to help keep Dinah’s hair out of her face.  The clip was beautiful and looked amazing in her hair.

Because Dinah was the daughter of a righteous Jaredite king, and her mother was the queen, when they went to the market, it was quite an endeavor.  Guards followed them as well as other members of the household.  This king did not like to call those who worked for him servants.  He considered all people equals, each person just had different roles or callings; all were important in his eyes.

Dinah’s best friend Atarah, a daughter of one of the king’s employees, decided to go with Dinah and her mother to the market.  Atarah was also a beautiful 12-year old and saw a different hair clip that she wanted.  Atarah’s hair was a beautiful golden color that flowed down to her hips.  The clip that Atarah found would have been perfect for her hair color.  It was made out of a darker metal and had small yellow and blue crystals adorning it.  Atarah did not have any money with her and felt really sad that she wouldn’t be able to purchase the hair clip.  Dinah, noticing the look in her friend’s eyes, discretely spoke to her mother, who then purchased her hair clip.

Immediately after purchasing her hair clip, Dinah fastened it in her flowing hair, pulling the hair away from her face to the side of her head.  She loved it!!  Not only did the clip hold her hair back, it was a beautiful clip, and a clip that she picked out herself.

Dinah and Atarah visited other vendors in the marketplace (followed by guards), looking at all the different items that were offered.  Soon it was time to go back home.  Dinah and Atarah found Dinah’s mother and they, along with all the others that came with them, went back to the palace.

Once they were home, Dinah invited Atarah to her room.  There, she had a surprise for her.  Dinah pulled out a small package and gave it to Atarah.  Atarah was shocked to receive a package.  Dinah excitedly, told Atarah to open it!  Inside the package lay the hair clip that Atarah wanted!  Atarah squealed with excitement and gratitude.  Dinah helped Atarah fasten the clip in her hair.  Atarah looked at herself in the mirror and felt so grateful for the beautiful clip.  Dinah and Atarah strolled through the palace, arm in arm, showing off to everyone they met their beautiful hair clips.  As they met Dinah’s father, the king, he gave them both big hugs and told them how beautiful they were and how proud he was of them.

Dinah was beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside.  She was kind and giving to all those she met.  She emulated her Father’s ideas of how each person was equal.  No one was better than another person.  She treated everyone she met the same, as they were a pure son or daughter of God.  Her giving a hair clip to Atarah was one of the many examples of the generosity she gave to others.

Dinah did not marry as she passed away as a young adult.  She left an amazing legacy of kindness and generosity for all those who knew her.