Light Descending - Joseph Smith First Vision in the Sacred Grove - Available Framed

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Light Descending Joseph Smith’s First Vision in the Sacred Grove by Matthew Kennedy

This piece is printed on high quality Museum Giclee Canvas and is offered framed or unframed,

  • All sizes are available unframed

  • Framed canvas is only available in the following sizes :

    12”x 16”, 16”x 20”, 18”x 24”, and 24”x 36”

Choose from 3 Frame Styles.

  • Antique Gold 2”, Solid Wood

  • Black Cove 2.75”, Laminate

  • Brushed Mahogany & Gold 2.5”, Solid Wood

  • Please note that framed artwork can take up to one week to ship due to our production time. If you have any question or concerns, feel free to reach out to us to discuss them.

This unique and gorgeous depiction of the First Vision was used in President Russell M. Nelson’s 2020 New Year Message encouraging all Latter-day Saints to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others in 2020. The new year marks the bicentennial of the First Vision.

This is beautiful dramatic painting captures the scene of the sacred moment of descending light as told by the young Prophet Joseph Smith in his description of the First Vision. The light filters through the trees while Joseph is looking straight above. Joseph Smith described it – I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. This work of art captures the light just as Joseph had described it – exactly over his head.  This makes a meaningful work of art for any Latter-day Saint home.

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SOME BACKGROUND REGARDING THIS WORK OF ART

In the mid-1800s, Boston mayor and nationally known writer and publicist Josiah Quincy wrote: “At some future time the question may be asked, What great American has done more to mold the minds and destiny of his countrymen than any other man upon this continent? Absurd as it may seem to some, it is not improbable that the answer to this question will be, Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet!”

Confused about religion during a time of revival in the state of New York where he lived in 1820, 14-year-old Joseph read a passage in the New Testament and went to the woods to pray. This event is referred to by Latter-day Saints as the First Vision. Joseph records that God and Jesus Christ appeared to him. “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head,” he wrote, “above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.” Within that light, he saw two personages — one of whom spoke Joseph’s name, pointed to the other, and said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Church members refer to this experience as the “First Vision.” It forever changed Joseph Smith and has become a central tenet of Latter-day Saint belief. It began the work of restoring the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. This work of art is a depiction of Joseph Smith’s First Vision.

OUR COMMITMENT TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE REVEALED NAME OF THE CHURCH:

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 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 we still 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