Paintings from the Church’s Second International Arts Competition. Award of Merit.
God chose to save his servants Alma and Amulek from the wicked men who were ready
to kill them, as they had martyred many of the believers in Christ:
“And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these great afflictions, O Lord?
O Lord, give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance.
And they broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this,
they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.
“And it came to pass that so great was their fear that they fell to the earth, and
did not obtain the outer door of the prison; and the earth shook mightily, and the
walls of the prison were rent in twain, so that they fell to the earth; and the chief
judge, and the lawyers, and priests, and teachers, who smote upon Alma and Amulek,
were slain by the fall thereof.”
Artist’s notes: “I have attempted to capture the power of that terrible moment when
the chief judge and his evil accomplices came to a sure knowledge of the Lord’s power
and of their own guilt after mocking God.”
“And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt; for the
Lord had granted unto them power, according to their faith which was in Christ. And
they straightway came forth out of the prison; and they were loosed from their bands;
and the prison had fallen to the earth, and every soul within the walls thereof save
it were Alma and Amulek, was slain; and they straightway came forth into the city.”
Two prophets emerge from prison, having suffered unspeakable torment. Their faith
remained undimmed, the miraculous ruin of their jail a testimony to their source
Amulek lost everyone he loved when Christians in his city were burned. "Alma...took
Amulek...to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened
him in the Lord" (Alma 15:18). The red represents the fire where the believers were
martyred, the blue, the waters of baptism, the white, the light of Christ that heals.