Latter-day Saint Art | Images of the Savior, Temples, Church
See a large collection of Nauvoo art and LDS Temple art in our LDS inspirational art category. We have hundreds of Mormon historic art featured in our LDS Art
Pioneer Courage - Nauvoo Pioneer Exodus
Pioneer Courage - Nauvoo Pioneer Exodus
PIONEER COURAGE - by Matthew Kennedy This beautiful piece of art depicts the early departure of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, Illinois. The first wagon to depart was that of Charles Shumway and his family. This piece honors the courage of all those early pioneers - and reminds us of their conviction, strength, and faith. This piece is printed right here in Nauvoo on museum grade quality canvas using the giclee process.
Artist: Matt Kennedy
FRAMING IS EASY - This art is offered unframed. Most of our art is made for standard sized frames so you won't need to get an expensive custom frame. Simply take this artwork to any Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or your local frame shop. They always have great sales on frames and a lot of great choices.
PLEASE SUPPORT NAUVOO: The item above and many other beautiful works found on this site create much-needed jobs for families living in Nauvoo. Please see our “MADE IN NAUVOO” page for more details CLICK HERE
SOME BACKGROUND REGARDING THIS WORK OF ART
After Church members were forced from Ohio and Missouri, they settled in Commerce, Illinois — a swampy bend of the Mississippi River. The city was renamed Nauvoo in October 1839. As Latter-day Saints gathered to their new haven, the city population swelled to an estimated 12,000 residents. Nauvoo quickly became a major commerce center, rivaling Chicago in size.
As Nauvoo grew, so did the opposition of mobs. Latter-day Saints built a temple in Nauvoo, but by the time it was dedicated, they were once again being forced from their homes. The Nauvoo Temple was abandoned, desecrated by mobs, and then gutted by an arsonist's fire in 1848. A century and a half later, the Nauvoo Temple was rebuilt using original plans and dedicated by then Church President Gordon B. Hinckley in June 2002. Between February and September 1846, the majority of Church members were forced from their homes in Nauvoo. Most of them fled down Parley street which today is sometimes referred to as the "Trail of Hope." During a sharp freeze, the broad Mississippi River froze solid, allowing several thousand Church members to cross on foot or in wagons. A number of diarists refer to this freezing as a miracle, though one quipped "it was a miracle that nearly froze a couple of thousand saints."
OUR COMMITMENT TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE REVEALED NAME OF THE CHURCH:
On August 16th, 2018 President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding the name of the Church.
“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will. “
The Church has since released guidelines stating the use of Mormon or LDS as a substitute for the name of the the church should be avoided, but such use in proper names such as - The Book of Mormon or when used as an adjective in historical expressions such as - The Mormon Trail - Mormon Battalion, should be considered as the correct use.
The Nauvoo Gallery has been working to put our website and our gallery store in Nauvoo, Illinois in harmony with this important revelation. It’s been customary for websites like ours to use terms like LDS Art, LDS Temple Art, LDS pictures or Mormon Art when describing our products for Google and other search engines. Our intention has been to help people find what has been termed as LDS products & LDS Gifts. It took many many months to build and add products to this website using those relevant and popular search terms - please bear with us as it may take a few months still to find each instance where we can better be in harmony with President Nelson’s message. Thank you for your patience and your kindness during this process