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An Artistic Tour of Jacob

Jacob 5


The Olive Tree

Hannah Allen

This piece depicts the Allegory of the Olive tree and the tribes of Israel. It shows how the tribes of Israel are intertwined in the olive tree and how beautiful the Olive Tree analogy is.

Jacob 5


Tree of Life

Hannah Butler

This symbolic and sacred tree of life was painted to be reminiscent of an olive tree—the very kind of tree that the Savior himself knelt under in prayer in the Garden Of Gethsemane.

The tree stands alone, symbolic of wisdom gathered over time. The twists and turns of the branches represent the hardships, sin, and imperfections of our lives. We all make mistakes and cannot overcome them without Jesus Christ. Through His Atonement, we can stand beautiful and triumphant.

The fruit was created with gold leafing. Gold is a symbol of love and compassion. The fruit glows in the reflecting light, representing the light of Christ that we all have in our lives. The fruit is “sweet and pure” and brings “joy to the soul.”  

An olive tree’s leaves never fall; they rejuvenate and persist. They are a symbol of peace and forgiveness. Just like the leaf of an olive tree, the Savior’s love is constant. Paul referred to an olive leaf as the oil of gladness, and in that sense, it is also symbolic of joy.

Because of the Savior’s pure and ultimate sacrifice for us, we can become free from sin, and live with our Father in Heaven again. It is only because of the Savior that we have the tree of eternal life.

Jacob 5:3


The Olive Grove

Nancy Andruk Olson

Jacob 5:4


The Master of the Vineyard

Jody Livingston

Jacob 5:41


What More Could I Have Done for My Vineyard?

Samantha Dockstader

This art piece is based off of the scripture Jacob 5:41. I love the allegory of the olive tree because I think it shows how deeply Heavenly Father loves us. The verse that I highlighted in my piece shows the Lord of the Vineyard weeping over losing one of his trees. The question "What could I have done more for my vineyard?" shows how hard he works to nourish us, strengthen us, watch over us, and how much he cares for our wellbeing. It grieves him that he should lose any one of us.

Jacob 5:72


Master of the Vineyard

Jay Wallace

tinted intaglio print on paper

The allegory of the olive tree, recorded in Jacob 5, makes known to me God’s wonderful works. It is an allegory of the Master, of His devotion and work in the vineyard throughout the world and of the work of his servants. The olive tree is one of the archetypal elements of the earth, known for its ability to grow in dry, unforgiving soil. In the center of the artwork lies the quatrefoil from Christian symbolism. A window represents the four gospels and all servants who labor diligently for the salvation of man. In Native American culture, the leaves of the quatrefoil symbolize the four outermost parts of the vineyard.

Jacob 5:74


Allegory Revisited

Leslie Graff

acrylic on canvas

This piece explores the symbolic use of olive trees in the scriptures. Jeremiah 11:16 states that it is an honor to be likened to an olive tree: “The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit.” The promise of God’s covenant blessings is symbolized in the tame olive trees, and our individual lives and works in the good fruit. The painting is set in the modern day to represent the gathering of the house of Israel and the final proliferation of good fruit. It testifies of the Savior’s ministry of hope and salvation.

Jacob 6:4


The Branches and Roots of an Olive Tree

Jody Livingston

Jacob 7:11


None of the Prophets Have Written, Nor Prophesied,

Save They Have Spoken Concerning This Christ

Benjamin Austin Pack

Oil on panel.  2012

The message of this painting is that Christ is the source we look to for our salvation. Prophets have testified of Christ’s mission and His saving role throughout the ages. Prophets today repeat what has been said concerning Him, prophesy of His future coming, and teach us what He would have us do. The prophet in this painting represents all the prophets throughout time. The words coming from his mouth are statements found in the scriptures about Christ. How marvelous are God’s works in giving us prophets to lead us to Him.

Enos 2 Nephi