Blue - Daniel Hopkins Photography

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I struggled to find an image to convey my feelings of hope and gratitude for the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ on this Easter Sunday. I liked this image, but it's not the classic symbol of a dove - it's a seagull, photographed while on the Staten Island Ferry in New York Harbor.

I learned that in Native American spirituality, seagulls symbolize purity and opportunity, among other things, and that they are regarded as spiritual messengers, indicating that a higher communication is taking place.

Similarly, thanks to the Savior, Jesus Christ, we can be made pure, we can have opportunity to begin again, and we can communicate with and eventually return to our Father in Heaven. I hope the feel of the photo can communicate hope and peace to you and draw your thoughts to God in gratitude for the miracle of Easter and all it represents.


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