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|Title||Majesty in Chains|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Keywords||Adversity; Affliction; Church History; Joseph Smith|
Submitted to the 2021 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest.
While Joseph and other Church leaders were being held in Richmond, Missouri, in November of 1838, Parley P. Pratt recorded the moment when Joseph rebuked the guards for their terrible tales of rape and murder among the Latter-day Saints. "On a sudden he arose to his feet, and spoke in a voice of thunder, as the roaring lion, uttering, as near as I can recollect, the following words: ‘SILENCE, ye fiends of the infernal pit. In the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke you, and command you to be still; I will not live another minute and bear such language. Cease such talk, or you or I die THIS INSTANT!’ He ceased to speak. He stood erect in terrible majesty. Chained, and without a weapon; calm, unruffled and dignified as an angel, he looked upon the quailing guards, whose weapons were lowered or dropped to the ground; whose knees smote together, and who, shrinking into a corner, or crouching at his feet, begged his pardon, and remained quiet till a change of guards.
I have seen the ministers of justice, clothed in magisterial robes, and criminals arraigned before them, while life was suspended on a breath, in the courts of England; I have witnessed a Congress in solemn session to give laws to nations; I have tried to conceive of kings, of royal courts, of thrones and crowns; and of emperors assembled to decide the fate of kingdoms; but dignity and majesty have I seen but once, as it stood in chains, at midnight, in a dungeon in an obscure village of Missouri.” Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, pgs. 209-211.
The artist lives in Lindon, Utah. He loves telling the stories of the Restoration through Art.
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