The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
“This may certify that I, John Reed, in consequence of the late difficulty between a portion of the people of the upper counties of Missouri and the Church of Latter-day Saints have suffered the following losses in the year 1838:John and Rebecca were firm friends of the Prophet Joseph Smith and frequently helped hide the persecuted leader in their home, at the peril of their own lives. While the poverty occasioned by their sacrifices prevented precluded the education of their smaller children, the Reed family's association with Joseph Smith enabled the children to learn at his feet. They sacrificed greatly to build the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples, and the couple was sealed for time and eternity in 1846. John died in a cholera epidemic during the Nauvoo expulsion of the saints, and Rebecca soon followed her husband, succumbing during the exodus to Zion, with faith and hope unshaken that all the mourning she had endured would turn to songs of everlasting joy.
“In the month of June I moved my family to the County of Livingston and in the Fall was ordered by the inhabitants to leave the place in 15 days or be massacred. I then for my safety moved to Daviess County, from thence bought the betterment of 260 acres of land. While I was making preparations to take possession of the place, a mob tore down the house that I intended to occupy and I was compelled to live in an uncomfortable shanty in the most severe cold and stormy weather.
“From this place I was ordered by the militia to go back to Caldwell County, but in consequence of having been appointed with 11 others to settle with the inhabitants, I remained in Diahman [also known as Adam-ondi-Ahman, or Spring Hill] after our people had left and at this time received great abuse both by threatening my life and stealing my property--such as clothing, household stuff, tools, etc. together with one cow and calf. I, in this situation, was obliged, in compliance with the Governor's orders, to leave the State with but one horse and a large family on my hands.”
John Reed, Blacksmith
Johnson, Clark V. Mormon Redress Petitions: Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict (Religious Studies Center Monograph Series, Vol. 16, 1992, p.524-525).
By Elspeth C. Young Joy for Mourning (Rebecca Bearse Reed) was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.
Dimensions (unframed width x height)
14 in. x 18 in.
Research commences - August 2018
Painting completed - December 2018
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By Al R. Young Joy For Mourning is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.
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