Forever and Ever by Greg Olson

Forever and Ever

This painting depicts Jesus holding a child on His lap.  The artist Greg Olsen’s daughter Kylie was the model for the child.  Olsen hung this painting in his daughter’s bedroom because she was scared of the dark, and he wanted her to be able to imagine herself falling asleep in the arms of the Savior.1

The child represents both the Savior’s love for little children, as recorded in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, and His admonition that all must come to Him as a little child.2  When Jesus visited the Americas after His resurrection, the scriptures say, “He took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.”3

Greg Olsen said this about Forever and Ever:  “Surrounded by His enduring love, we are warm, safe and secure. That reassuring calm comes not by a spoken word or by gazing with our eyes upon His strong arms. It comes from the embrace which our heart feels and through the tender senses of our spirit. All around us we have the physical wonders and beauties of nature that bear the signature of their Creator and remind us of His enduring love. Although His presence is unseen by our eyes, His unending love is felt in our hearts.”4

Further reading:  “Behold, Your Little Ones,”

  2. Matthew 18:3
  3. 3 Nephi 17:21