This painting depicts an important event in early Church history: the sealing of Benjamin and Melissa Johnson by Joseph Smith on May 16, 1843. This never before painted moment is seminal in Latter-day Saint history because this sealing provides the doctrinal source material for D&C 131:1-4 on the need for eternal marriage to have eternal increase.
“In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees, and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the Priesthood, and if he does not, he can not obtain it. He may enter into the other, but that is the end of his kingdom, he can not have an increase.” -William Clayton, recording Joseph’s conversation with the Johnson’s on the evening of May 16, 1843
This painting attempts to capture not only this historical moment, but also to convey through the expressions of Benjamin and Melissa Johnson that soul-stirring truth of eternal marriage that touches the depths of human love and devotion.
- A “Paper Print” is a fine art reproduction printed on 80 lb. heavy weight matte paper using indigo ink (allow 1-2 weeks for delivery).
- A “Framed Canvas Mount” is a giclee fine art reproduction on canvas, professionally mounted on a masonite board, framed in a ¾” wide by 1 ½” deep frame. Choose a brown or black frame. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.