LDS artist's newest work bridges two faiths

An artist had dreams of creating a stained glass window for his church building — and then he gave them away.

Tom Holdman, lauded art glass creator and winner of this year's Best of State Award for Arts and Entertainment, always thought it would be neat to design a window for the LDS meetinghouse he attended each Sunday.

Holdman's work has now been featured in 20 LDS temples and churches of all denominations far and wide. It seemed natural to him to make one for his own congregation, so he sketched an intricate blueprint and sought the necessary approvals to make it happen.

Meanwhile, members of the Community Presbyterian Church in American Fork were worried about the integrity of the large windows at the front of their chapel.

"They weren't structurally sound to last the span of time," said Laura Mitchell, an elder on the church's Session. "(They) started to fold into each other." The windows weren't original to the church building, which was dedicated in 1884. They had been added in the 1970s and posed a present-day hazard. So the church formed a committee to raise funds and come up with a plan.

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