The last prophet of the great Book of Mormon nation known as the Jaredites, Ether,
saw the fall of his people, as they rejected the Lord’s way. The prophet Moroni,
likewise a lone survivor, made an abridgement of the Jaredite story, as his father
Mormon had abridged the record of his own people, the Nephites.
This song gives us some appreciation of the prophet Ether, and the knowledge and
blessings he offered to his people from the Lord.
Acrylic on drilled and carved hardboard panel, 10" x 30"
As the people of Babel attempt to build their tower to heaven and their language
is cursed (carving and drilled holes in background), The Brother of Jared strides
away, his own personal tower to heaven built within himself (carved on his chest).
The 16 white stones he later takes before the Lord to light their ships to the promised
land are also represented.
When asked what he would like his work to be known for Albin responded; "If
I can enrich the lives of those who view my work in any way, I have accomplished
my goal. There is something of the divine that comes through the work of one who
has mastered his mode of expression and who has something good to say. When that
message comes through and awakens something within the viewer that improves his or
her life; that, I believe, is the higher purpose of art. That's what I strive for."
“For the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again
out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and
also the rains and the floods have I sent forth” (Ether 2:24). The Jaredites “did
sing praises unto the Lord” (Ether 6:9) throughout their journey of 344 days upon
the waters. They endured the terrible tempests with gladness, knowing it was the
Lord who caused the furious wind. They viewed their trials as a manifestation of
divine guidance, “and it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards
the promised land while they were upon the waters” (Ether 6:8).
The compelling element of the story of the Brother of Jared and the miracle of the
Lord touching the stones to give light in the barges is the result of basic faith
and the acts which preceded it. The artist painted the Brother of Jared in the simple
act of sorting some of the stones he will take to the Lord. Not every part of a miracle
is spectacular. Indeed, that is rarely the case.
The Book of Mormon records that the Brother of Jared did moulten out of a rock sixteen
small, white stones. He took these stones to the Lord, and requested that He touch
them with His finger, and make them shine, so that they would have light in their
boats when they made the great journey across the sea to the promised land where
the Lord was sending them.
BOOK OF MORMON SONG
“Touch These Stones,” by Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment
This song memorializes the faith and commitment of the Brother of Jared as he prayed
for physical light for his people as they crossed the great waters. As a result,
he received the spiritual light of seeing the Lord face to face, which would sustain
him during his journey through mortality.
When the Brother of Jared approached the Lord to make the stones shine for the benefit
of his people, he came with great faith: “For I know, O Lord, that thou hast all
power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man.” The Book of Mormon
records that the Lord commended the Brother of Jared for this great faith.
“Real People, Real Power. Real Hero Posters strives to capture the spirit of real
heroes, the uniqueness of their world, the strength of their character, and the reality
of their heroism.”
After the declaration of faith and the petition by the Brother of Jared, the Book
of Mormon says, “Behold, the Lord stretched forth His hand and touched the stones
one by one with His finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother
of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like
unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he
was struck with fear.”
“Being, as the book says, a man of immense faith, the brother of Jared fully expected
the stones to be lighted. It was seeing the finger as it touched the stones that
astonished and terrified him. It is this stunning surprise that the artist sought
“Some church leaders felt that no mortal artist could adequately picture the divine
hand and finger. Friberg solved the problem by picturing some of the stones, while
concealing the finger within a dense cloud, broken only by the rays of an intense
blinding light. By this simple means, the whole scene was now drenched in mystery
burning into our imagination a more sublime glory that could ever have been pictured
in physical reality.”
The Brother of Jared exercised great faith in forming stones and asking the Lord
to illuminate them. Perhaps more significant is that after making a suitable offering,
the Brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord and was admitted into the presence
of the Lord. For those who seek to follow, this experience can be an archetype to
Honorable Mention in the 2017 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest
Mixed media on Canvas. I have seen the Brother of Jared painted so often, but it
typically shows only the finger of Christ. When I was approached about doing this
piece, I thought to myself that he wasn't limited to only seeing his hand, he was
able to see all of him. So I wanted to depict him seeing all of Christ.