November 11, 2019

The Story of the Come Unto Me Sculpture

by Ted Spilsbury


The beautiful, present-day Spilsbury Mortuary was completed in the fall of 1996 and is a dream come true. From its inception, our mortuary has been the benefactor of many promptings and manifestations, one in particular being the Come Unto Me sculpture. 


In 1997, I was approached by a sales representative of the talented sculptor and artist, Jerry Anderson. I was busy, somewhat heavily in debt, and unconcerned with hearing what he had to say to interest me in the possible placement of a bronze sculpture in the mortuary or on the grounds. He approached me time and time again.


Late one afternoon, about 5:00 p.m., I was feeling relaxed, appreciative, and caught up on all the tasks of the day. Once again, Mr. Carpenter, Jerry Anderson’s sales representative,  happened to stop by. We sat down in the front foyer and visited. One thing led to another, and eventually, I agreed that if the right piece of art was placed…just the right piece that would touch the hearts of all who entered…then maybe I would be interested. I mentioned that I would like to meet Mr. Anderson and have a personal tour of his art gallery.

In the twinkling of an eye, my associates and I were receiving the grand tour of Jerry and Fawn Anderson’s home gallery. We visited, and for the first time, I seriously considered placement of a beautiful monument in the mortuary. First and foremost, our focus was that, whatever it might be, it should touch the hearts of all who entered the mortuary; it must be a gift to our community: tasteful, respectful, an inspired work of art that was to give peace, comfort, and encouragement.


Jerry asked if we would go home and pray about what such a marvelous concept might be. I was somewhat taken aback by his request. I welcomed his invitation. We would meet in two weeks and share our personal prompting, one of which would determine the destiny of what was to become the Come Unto Me sculpture.


Two weeks passed very quickly.  Once again, my partner, myself, and the Anderson’s were together, seeking direction. As Jerry revealed the visionary concept of the Come Unto Me piece, I was overcome with emotion, and tears filled my eyes. I could truly visualize my mother passing through the veil, young and beautiful, reaching out to our Savior. I could visualize how pleased the Savior would be to see her. Oh, thank heaven for the freedom we call death.


My partner also felt a confirmation. Following the prompting of the Spirit, the  Come Unto Me sculpture is now a reality. We celebrated its unveiling at a dedication ceremony held December 2, 2000. It stands in reverence, a testament to the plan of salvation, confirming our faith in life eternal. It indeed touches the hearts of all who enter. 


I welcome you to come view this beautiful artist’s rendering, depicting our transformation from mortality to immortality. Thank you for allowing us to share these eternal truths with you.

I sincerely pray that this wonderful piece will touch your heart. It has most certainly achieved its purpose, that of giving back to our community, and much more. As this holiday season approaches, may the love of the Savior fill your heart. May we all be a little better, a little kinder, and a little gentler as we prepare for our own transformation and the transformation of those we love. May the Lord bless you, your family, your home, and your future.


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