The adopted twins of Joseph and Emma, Joseph & Julia Murdock, were now eleven months old and had been suffering with a difficult case of the measles. Shortly before midnight on March 24, 1832, Joseph sent his exhausted wife to bed with their daughter Julia. Joseph stayed up to care for his infant son, Joseph Murdock, and it wasn’t long before they were both asleep.
Suddenly a vicious mob of more than 25 men burst through the door awakening all within and dragging Joseph outside by his hair. Emma ran behind screaming, but was powerless to stop the mob. Amidst the confusion, the front door to the home was left open and the twins were exposed to the frigid night air. This was too much for the already sick Joseph Murdock, and five days later he died.
As I read this story, I was touched by the human side of Joseph Smith. He treated the responsibility to his family with the same feeling and passion that he did for his calling as a prophet of God. I wanted to capture in this painting the love Joseph had for his young family and the responsibility he felt to care for them along with Emma. I found that love in a quiet moment where Joseph walks the floors While Emma Sleeps.