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ANGELS AMONG US EXHIBIT _________________________________________________________________________________________________ EVENT: Meeting of families of approximately 50 missionaries who have passed away while serving their missions.
1). To bring together families of missionaries who have passed while serving their missions.
2). To create an awareness of this project in hopes of locating other families who might like a portrait painted of their missionary.
HOST: JR Johansen, Artist who has painted all the portraits. Portraits are to be donated to all the families.
WHERE: Salt Lake City
DATE & TIME: Contact the artist. This project began about three years ago when I was asked to
paint a portrait of a young Elder who was killed while serving his mission in Sweden. His portrait
was part of an ‘Inspirational Art Association’ art show held annually at the Joseph Smith Memorial
Building in SLC. Approximately 12,000 people visited the four day show. The portrait of Elder Mason Bailey was displayed and gained a good deal of attention, including the mother of another elder who was killed on his mission.
When asked if I would do a portrait of him I became aware that she knew of other families who had
lost a missionary. Together we embarked upon a project of locating other families and offering to do portraits for them
as well. This has resulted in portraits being painted and donated to at least 18 families.
All of those families have been invited to attend this event. Some have already received the portrait of their missionary.
Others will receive their portrait that night. Some of the families have never met another family who has
lost a missionary. This event will be an opportunity for all the families to get together and share feelings
and thoughts with one another. Eighteen of the families were able to get together last September during a gathering in
Salt Lake billed as ‘ANGELS AMONG US’ where twenty portraits of missionaries were on display. It was a very rewarding and touching experience for all of them.

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