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TitleJoseph's Prayer
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHolman, Josh
KeywordsAdversity; Affliction; Church History; Doctrine and Covenants; Jesus Christ; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Second Place in the 2021 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest – Church HIstory Division.

“Joseph’s Prayer” is a representation of the well-known Doctrine & Covenants story of the prophet Joseph Smith as he poured his heart out to the Lord from his dank, disgusting prison cell in Liberty Jail. In this piece I wanted to highlight the true power of individual prayer from our Savior’s point of view. The Savior, God of all worlds, is in anguish as His chosen prophet suffers in jail. Wanting to give immediate relief as He hears the prophet's words, He holds back knowing that this experience will be for his good.

A mixed-media collage illustrated with digital tools and software in a Pop Art style with hand-laid gold leaf detail.

A husband, father, and lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the artist graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design with an emphasis in Graphic Design. His childhood passion for illustration mixed with his newfound love of digital art & design led him to experiment in a new medium for producing unique Pop Art pieces of art with an askew perspective.

His ultimate goal is to profess his testimony of Jesus Christ to an audience that wants to experience well-known religious stories from a different point of view in a new and unique artistic style.

Joseph's Prayer by Josh Holman

Scripture Reference

Doctrine and Covenants 121:1-10