Witness of the Light, Source of the Light, and Light from the Dust

SCOT FACER PROCTOR. Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet Joseph Smith. Edited by Maurine Jensen Proctor. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1991.

SCOT FACER PROCTOR and MAURINE JENSEN PROCTOR. Source of the Light: A Witness and Testimony of Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of All. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992.

SCOT FACER PROCTOR and MAURINE JENSEN PROCTOR. Light from the Dust: A Photographic Exploration into the Ancient World of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1993.

Abraham clearly points out that his family’s literal and spiritual exodus from Haran to Canaan was fraught with larger meaning: “Therefore, eternity was our covering and our rock and our salvation, as we journeyed from Haran…to the land of Canaan” (Abr. 2:16). As everyone from Moses to Lehi and from Brigham Young to Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell has pointed out, something about the journey motif resonates in the human soul and suggests particular and universal meanings for us all. We are, after all, a bunch of pilgrims, strangers, and wanderers–and the journey motif replicates not only our individual and collective treks through mortality as, with E.T., we cry out and long for “home”; it traces, as well, our individual journeyings unto Christ, our learning to sing “Babylon, Babylon, we bid thee farewell.”

Perhaps that is why this remarkable trilogy (or triptych) of photographic essays by Maurine Jensen Proctor and Scot Facer Proctor depicting three remarkable journeys has so moved this reviewer, who is usually content to leave Pero table books casually admired and generally undisturbed. In fact, I have been aesthetically and spiritually moved, and I believe most Latter-day Saint readers will likewise be moved by these felicitous combinations of truth and beauty, instruction and delight.

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