Arise and Shine Forth: My Logos for the 2012 Mutual Theme

I promised I had some great things coming for the upcoming 2012 Mutual theme and this is just the beginning!  I was excited this fall when I found out what the theme for next year would be:

“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 115:5).

As I thought about this scripture, I kept coming back to the lights in the temple.  No, not the light of the temple, the actual lights IN the temple:  the gorgeous chandeliers everywhere.  I love them!  The combination of beautiful crystals and pure light radiating from the temple chandeliers permeates the sealing and Celestial rooms in this sacred place.  And, I think that in a way this scripture is beckoning us to be like one of those chandeliers:  shine forth!  Use the light of the Heavenly Father and the example of Jesus Christ to become a stand-out person in the nations of the world.

The chandelier metaphor can go even further in a few ways.  First, each individual crystal is important–a unique vessel for amplifying and brightening a room.  Similarly, each of us is a unique and important part of Heavenly Father’s work here on Earth.  And, although we may feel small and that our part is insignificant, we can still spread the light of Jesus Christ in our own ways.

Second, get a few prisms from a chandelier together and they can dramatically increase the light emitted from a single light bulb.  Add a ten or twenty more for an even greater effect.  The more we work together to amplify our own light, gifts and abilities, the more we as Saints shine for the world.

I hope you get the idea.  And, that’s why I put a chandelier on my logo designs this year.  I have created for you a pack of several different logo variations, in both .png and .jpeg formats.  I recommend you use the .png files whenever possible because they have transparent backgrounds (no white behind the words) and you can easily put them on any background you want.

You can download the .zip file of my logo designs here.

Please, remember not to share the files with others.  If you know someone who would like to use them, please direct them to this blog to download their own copy.  Thanks! 

Like these logos? Check back here often–I have created several 2012-themed items including a poster, New Beginnings invite, custom-printed fabric and more–and I will be posting them soon!  Enjoy!