Friday, December 7, 2012


I love this painting of Joseph & Emma Smith. The artist has done an amazing job capturing the emotion on their faces of what they must have been feeling after the death of one of their children. Lately, I've been wanting to read more about Emma Smith and how she dealt with losing so many of her children and I need to do a bit more research to find a good book about her. This may be strange, but I really want a copy of this painting even though it portrays such a sad experience. In a's a bit reassuring, as is this description of a dream Emma had.
I'm not certain who the artist is for the painting although I believe it is Liz Lemon Swindle. Anyone know anything about it?

Here's an addedum to my post. My good friend Seth told me where to find it and a short description of the painting by the artist. The painting is called But For a Small Moment. (Thank you, Seth!)

Joseph and Emma Smith had been married seventeen months when their first son, Alvin, was born on June 15, 1828. He died shortly after childbirth. The next two children also died in infancy and the young couple was heartbroken. The young couple would go on to bury six of their eleven children.

Joseph said: “Why is it that... innocent children, are taken away from us? The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth… Notwithstanding all this, we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope...[for] mothers, you shall have your children [again].” - History of the Church 6:366

This painting reminds me that the Lord knows our sorrows and promises us that our, "afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if [we] endure it well, God shall exalt [us] on high." - D&C 121:7


Seth said...

But For A Small Moment by Liz Lemon Swindle

Jani said...

Beautiful, Aria. Thank you for sharing. I love that painting, too. I've never heard that account of Emma's dream, but it is comforting and sweet, as are Joseph Smith's words about infant loss. Thank you.