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Joseph's First Vision by Flatliner74 Joseph's First Vision by Flatliner74
"After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destructionónot to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any beingójust at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. 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 otheróThis is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

From the prophet Joseph Smith's History. An account of his first vision of God the Father and Christ the Son appearing to him as a 14 year old boy in a grove near his home in Palmyra New York in the early spring of 1820. This was probably the greatest spiritual event since the resurrection of Christ. Joseph would go on to translate the Book of Mormon by the power of God and found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Divine direction.
I know this is a departure from my other works, and it's supposed to be. I wanted to do a work that said something .. well.. more. Maybe some thing that made someone think for once, or even better, pray. All praises to God the Father and Christ the Son and to the Testimony of the Holy Ghost which made this piece possible. Amen
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cereal-in-a-bowl Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It is a very nice drawing...
Rajalyoko23 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the best Mormon art I seen on DA.

RayeofSunshine Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
mideva Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i believe you are a very talented person! i really like those details you have, thats pretty much what makes art,art! get that!? good, now this is a very nice job you've done,go joseph!
wirepaladin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I really like this painting. With all the image's of Christ and his Father I see in art. somehow they all don't appear to impress me as to what he really looked like. I like this work because, I feel what the person is seeing. I wonder myself?
7disney7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
beautiful! l-
Shahrezad1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is a really stirring rendition of the first vision, and I love how alive and "in the moment" you've made this image. The hand especially, cut from the page but wholly articulated, amazes me, and the first detail I noted was really the two tones of color for his eyes.

Lovely, lovely work. It really brings the spirit with it, and makes me want to create similar pieces in the wake of your example. :)
Aljazee Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
tealbabe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Student General Artist
it's so colourful!! i'd never imagined the first vision like this before!!!
now whenever someone says 'the first vision' or 'Joseph Smith' i'll be reminded of this amazing picture!!!
LightningSwing Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Beautiful. I love the eyes and his expression.
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