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Stories Behind the Paintings

Sacred Grove

“About 30 years ago a curiosity began to develop in me about the events that transpired in the Sacred Grove with Joseph Smith. After I had researched out all that I could get out on my own, I went and met with several Church historians. In particular Don Enders and tried to pick his brain on what he knew about the the time of year and exactly when Joseph went into the Sacred Grove. It was then that I decided that I needed to go to the Sacred Grove and spend some real time there during the time period that Joseph went into the grove in order to be able to paint it correctly. I didn’t really know how I was going to approach it or what I was going to do, whether I was going to paint Joseph in the grove or just the grove. My mind was completely open as to what I was going to do.



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