The "Sacred Grove" in Mormon History
The most important event in Mormon history is the day Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, went into a grove near his home outside of Palmyra, New York in 1820, at the age of 14. He claims that God appeared to him in a heavenly vision and told him to join none of the churches because they were "all wrong," the creeds of those churches were "abominations," and all who professed those creeds were "corrupt." (See below)
The scene of Joseph Smith in the grove has been painted, described, enacted, and sculpted for 150 years. Outside of the angel Moroni, Joseph in the grove is probably the most depicted image in Mormon history.
To find this event in depicted in the centermost pages of a book on prominent display in a Christian bookstoreentitled, Expressions of Faith is certainly an insult to the Gospel of Christ.
From The Pearl of Great PriceMormon Scripture
16 But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction--not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being--just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other--This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
18 My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)--and which I should join.
19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."