And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation. - Nephi 3:15

Story Behind the Art:

In the visitor’s section of the stake center in London where I grew up, there was a glass cabinet with some articles of Church history, one of which was a replica set of gold plates made in heavy brass with authentic engravings. These impressed me enormously while growing up; I went to the stake president and asked him what my chances were of getting to hold them. He agreed and it was a wonderful moment for me to heft the plates and put myself for a moment in Joseph’s shoes and feel the incredible responsibility which he bore to translate the plates. As I was looking for a good model for Joseph Smith, a brand new missionary was assigned to our ward who was a direct descendant of Edward Partridge, the first bishop of the Church. He was about the same height as Joseph Smith and fit the bill perfectly. I painted this image for a Church competition on the Book of Mormon. - Simon Dewey