A man and a woman—a prophet and his wife—bound together by love and a commitment to the cause of Christ. Inspired by the masterful artwork of my dear friend, Liz Lemon Swindle, I see Joseph praying in Liberty Jail, and Emma crossing the frozen Mississippi with their four children. Joseph and Emma are on different yet parallel paths. Joseph is seen imprisoned in a cold dungeon, while Emma, fleeing extermination, maneuvers across the ice into Illinois. The prophet petitions the God of grace for the Saints and receives valuable revelations; the prophetess protects those Saints in her immediate care—her little ones—and preserves precious revelations already received, having sewn Joseph’s translation of the Bible into her petticoats. And yet, though separated, each one gathers added strength from the remembered devotion of the other. “Of one heart” displays an essential element of Zion: “…if ye are not one ye are not mine” (D&C 38: 27).
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