When the Light Rested // 48x60 in // acrylic on canvas
I’m sure nearly all of you know, but if you don’t, I’d thought I’d share a quick little fun fact about me. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in God the Father, his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. Two interesting things we believe that are a little different than other Christian sects is that 1. God and Jesus Christ are two separate beings and 2. God still calls prophets just like he did in biblical times.
This painting is a depiction of when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to the prophet named Joseph Smith in the 1800’s.
It’s one of the most meaningful paintings I’ve done to date. In Joseph Smith’s writings of the event he describes kneeling in a grove of trees praying to find an answer of which church he should join. After feeling overcome with total darkness he saw a pillar of light descend upon him.
In his words he said, “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.… When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
“When the light rested upon me I saw”
I don’t know why but that phrase just HITS me. Despite the darkness Jospeh experienced, when God’s light rested upon him he was able to see clearly.
Despite any darkness we may feel, despite life’s questions that seem unanswerable, despite any injustice we feel we don’t deserve, if we ask, God’s light will rest upon us so we can see. See the way He sees.
This event has been depicted in a million different ways. A lot of artists focus solely on the light Joseph saw, but I wanted to focus on what he saw BECAUSE of the light - Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It’s scary to try and do my own version, but I did it. And after over a year of this hanging on my wall I decided I’d stop being scaredy and share it with you guys! haha!
I'll be selling prints in my shop soon❤️