I created this video of a remarkable painting by Andrew Knaupp depicting Joseph Smith’s “windows” at Liberty Jail. Watch the video to learn more! One of the things that I really love about Andrew Knaupp’s artwork is the amount of research he puts into each painting. He spends a great deal of time researching his subjects, getting their hair, height, ages, demeanor, clothing and historical context just right so that the viewer can more fully appreciate them in his paintings.
“During the time we were in the hands of our enemies, we must say that although we felt anxiety respecting our families and friends, who were so inhumanly treated and abused,…we felt perfectly calm, and resigned to the will of our Heavenly Father…Yes, that still small voice, which had so often whispered consolation to our souls, in the depths of sorrow and distress, bade us be of good cheer, and promised deliverance, which gave us great comfort…For although we were troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (The Life of Joseph Smith The Prophet, Chapter 42, pg. 301).
I recently found this quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell:
“The dungeon at Liberty Jail had inner and outer walls which, combined, were four feet thick. Loose rocks were placed between the walls to thwart any attempt at burrowing through. Unjustly arrested and unjustly confined, Joseph and his companions tried twice to escape but failed. As thick as those walls and that door were, and as securely as they kept the Prophet and his fellow prisoners in, the walls were not thick enough to keep revelation out!” A Choice Seer