The magnitude and extent of Jesus Christ’s suffering on behalf of humankind is unfathomable,
and yet, through His pain, we can be relieved and healed. The depiction here of the
extreme physical pain the Savior endured for us serves as a tender reminder of the
depth of His love for us: “Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and
whosoever will come, him will I receive” (3 Nephi 9:14).
This is a digital painting I did in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. I got inspiration
from the 3 Nephi 5:13 in the Book of Mormon, but I also combined this chapter with
the modern days missionaries’s life of faithful belief to the Church and the Lord.
The Title comes from Helaman 15:13, and speaks of the fate of the Lamanites at that
time, and how at some later date, they will receive the fullness of the gospel. As
a descendant of the Remnant of the House of Israel, I feel it is speaking comfort
to me as a Child of Lehi. Knowing the trials that my ancestors suffered through and
then reading that it was prophesied, these special blessings bring comfort to my
soul, which is why I have a firm and strong testimony of the Book of Mormon. Moroni's
promise is specifically to me and my people, which really holds some great meaning
to me personally. The image is of a Navajo man, the tribe from which I come, in his
near traditional clothing holding closely the Book of Mormon. If one looks closely,
his mantle and bandana are placed in a certain way that would only be noticeable
to endowed saints. Another "remnant" of the truth. Simple, but it brings home the
point, that this man is happy with the knowledge he has gained. In Navajo culture,
knowledge is treasure, and he has found a mighty treasure indeed.
Though the Nephites try to knock him off the city wall with their stones and arrows,
the prophet Samuel cannot be stopped from giving the message the Lord has sent him
to deliver, for telling Christ's birth and calling the people to repentance.