Heavenly Mother, Beloved Son by Mary Alice Pritchett
linoleum block print, veragated metal leaf, and watercolor
One of the cherished beliefs of Latter-day Saints is the knowledge of Heavenly Parents who sent us to earth to gain bodies and experience so we could return to live with them again as exalted beings. To accomplish this goal they sent our Savior, Jesus Christ, to earth to atone for the sins and pains of a fallen world, and to teach us the way back to them.
There has recently been an uptick in interest in our knowledge of our Heavenly Mother and her dealings with us as her children. Not much is known about her, and until recently it was kind of even taboo to talk about her openly. But we are slowly uncovering personal insight into her dealings with us as individuals.
With all the recent excitement with Heavenly Mother and trying to find her, it’s important to remember that Jesus Christ is the most important part of this relationship. He is the way back to them. The few times Heavenly Father’s voice is heard He is introducing His Son. Our relationship with our Savior is integral to our relationship with our Heavenly Parents.
I created this piece with that focus on the Savior in mind. I tried to imagine Christ returning to his heavenly home after his death. Our Heavenly Father and Mother must have been so proud, and so so sad for the abuse he had to go through. I imagine Heavenly Mother pulling Him aside to tend to His wounds the way a mother would. And then she holds Him close, just for a little bit, before He goes back out to work.