With President Nelson’s invitation to #HearHim, we decided to compile some of our very favorite paintings and images of the First Vision. Each one is a powerful reminder of the Lord’s ability to hear our prayers and send strength and peace in times of difficulty. With the events currently happening in the world, we felt we could all use a little bit of reassurance, and beautiful art to look at. Be sure to add any of your favorites that we may have missed in the comments section below!
Minerva Teichert’s beautiful interpretation of the First Vision is one filled with color, nature, and a warmth that can be felt throughout the painting.
This beautiful depiction of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Simon Dewey highlights Joseph’s call to translate the Book of Mormon, and once more restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth.
This unique painting of the First Vision by Jorge Cocco Santangelo illustrates his work as a fine artist in all the extent of the word. He is a self-taught artist with international recognition that has mastered various disciplines in the fine arts such as painting, sculpture, lithograph, etching, ceramic and washi zokey (art with hand-made paper).
Anthony Sweat’s painting is captivating in its use of colors, and the flames of the Spirit that illuminate the host of angels behind the Father and the Son.
One of the most iconic images in Latter-day Saint history, this print of the First Vision is an iconic representation of the Father and the Son communing with Joseph.
Brent Borup’s interpretation of the First Vision is beautiful in its use of light, in contrast to the lush green of the Sacred Grove. This beautiful piece of artwork is one that you can’t miss.
Linda Curley Christensen’s depiction of a young Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove is a powerful image of the beauty of the Earth and humility of the young Prophet.
Bev Barnett’s beautiful painting of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove is a must-have. The pillar of light that descends on Joseph Smith is a powerful representation of the spirit of hope and clarity that filled Joseph when he was visited by the Father and the Son.
Warren Floyd Luch’s inspiring painting uses its lack of color to emphasize the point that the young boy Joseph was visited by both dark and light forces. The beautiful use of light makes this piece an incredibly thought-provoking piece of art.
David Chapman Lindsay’s painting of the First Vision is deeply powerful in its meaning. Through the outline of the hand, we see the young boy Joseph, we see the connection of God’s creations and human touch.
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J, Kirk Richards’ beautiful interpretation of the First Vision combines beautiful colors and powerful meaning in portraying the Prophet Joseph Smith’s visitation of the Father and the Son.
This beautiful interpretation of the First Vision was done by the Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands in Panama. It uses cotton textiles and mola to present a rich image of color.
Paul Forster’s painting of the First Vision is powerful for many reasons. First is its depiction of the Father and the Son banishing the dark forces surrounding Joseph, and secondly the expressions on the Father, the Son’s, and Joseph’s faces. Each one perfectly captures the emotions and feelings that must have been felt during this visitation.
Joni Susanto’s interpretation of the First Vision is rich in color, and deeply inspiring with its use of light. Susanto hails from Indonesia, and the cultural influences can be seen and felt throughout the painting.
Emile Wilson’s painting is deeply influenced by Wilson’s heritage in Sierra Leone. The earth colors used captures the deep meaning of visit of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith.
Devin is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.