Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod

James Christensen
Limited Edition Print
Giclée Canvas, Giclée Paper
14 W x 14 H inches

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Artwork Description

“Hold to the rod, the iron rod; ’Tis strong, and bright, and true.
The iron rod is the word of God;
’Twill safely guide us through.”
– Joseph L. Townsend, The Iron Rod, LDS Hymns, no. 274

As we walk the road of life, we tend to collect things that make us feel safer and more sure of ourselves. These may be material possessions, titles or responsibilities, but in the end they amount to the same thing: a fleeting and superficial sense of security. It is only by holding fast to our beliefs that we can navigate life with any confidence.

The character in “Hold to the Rod” finds himself so burdened with the mundane objects he has collected that, while he hopefully eyes the rod, he cannot reach up to hold it for fear of losing something else. The man has become little more than a vehicle for his adornments. He demonstrates that what is truly important is keeping sight of our true belief and faith, that they alone will guide us through.


Personal Commission Edition

“Hold to the Rod” focuses on one of James’ ubiquitous, puffy-guy characters in a predicament. He has become so burdened with his belongings and the items he has collected that, while he eyes the rod longingly, he cannot reach up to hold it for fear of losing some of his possessions. His dilemma is one we all share daily; how prepared are we to let go of the things we think we need to keep us safe and secure in order to hold fast to our beliefs and thereby navigate life with confidence?


The “Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod” Remarque Edition features the hand-colored remarque “Choosing the Right.” With this original Christensen design, we have the pleasure of discovering the choice our character has made through a beautiful and special work of art. On the ground around him lay much of his discarded baggage. He has made the commitment to reach out and grab hold of what is actually important: keeping sight of our true belief and faith, knowing that these alone can and will guide him through.

This edition is comprised of the Fine Art Print signed by the artist and numbered, plus a matching numbered and signed “Choosing the Right.” The hand-colored remarque is 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ on Strathmore Fine Art paper and has an image area of 4″ x 5 5/8″. It can be framed with your “Hold to the Rod” print or framed seperately.