Missionaries—loved and respected by Latter-day Saints because of the gospel they bring—are a favorite topic of LDS art.
In Harmony, Pennsylvania, in February 1829, the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation for his father, Joseph Smith Sr. Its words, containing the spirit of missionary work, have become familiar to all Latter-day Saints:
“Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
“Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
“Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
“For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul” (D&C 4:1–4).
On these pages are examples of artwork from the Fourth International Art Competition sponsored by the Museum of Church History and Art.