"I feel I am being directed to do this," Johansen said of his mission to paint deceased missionaries as a way to help grieving families.
Families of deceased LDS missionaries have been invited to an event in September where artwork depicting their loved ones will be on display.
At least 20 families of missionaries that died while serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been invited to gather at the Smoot Building at This Is The Place Monument on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
In addition to associating with each other and other planned activities, Huntsville artist Harold "J.R." Johansen has painted portraits of the missionaries as a gift to each family to help them find peace and healing in their loss. He also hopes to find more families for whom to provide this service, he said.