President Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been a beloved leader to the people in Europe and is especially loved by the Mormons who live in what used to be East Germany or the Democratic Peoples Republic of Germany. The DPR was a very harsh Communist regime and were hostile toward religion. In April of 1975 President Monson, then a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles made another one of his many visits through "Checkpoint Charlie" into East Berlin and onto areas of East Germany. With machine gun carrying guards posted at the border and being watched over by suspicious members of the Communist Party, Elder Monson's visits were often very tense. During that visit in 1975, Elder Thomas Monson and several members of the Church walked through the woods to a little spot overlooking the Elbe River with Dresden on the left and Meissen on the right. There he offered a Apostolic Blessing dedicating the way to be opened in this land for the full program of the Church to be offered, including the blessings of the Temple and missionaries returning.
The above sketch is my version of a painting I am painting for Bjorn Bauerfeind. This will be the third painting in a triptich of paintings for Mr. Bauerfeind and his family.