Originally created as a gift for the parents of the sculptor’s assistant, Eternal Companions was made to show the special relationship senior missionaries have with each other and with the Lord.
Mike Call, the artist behind the work, explains: “I wanted to capture a couple walking side by side, hands clasped affectionately, leaning on and supporting each other. I envisioned them anxiously engaged in missionary service, possibly heading off to a teaching appointment. I wanted to capture the joy both of service and of the special relationship between a committed husband and wife—eternal companions.”
As Call worked to carefully craft Eternal Companions, he says, “I thought about my parents, who are serving a part-time mission, and my grandparents, and great-grandparents, many of whom served as couple missionaries. I began to think about what was different from my mission as a 19-year-old and their missions. It became clear that this was a special service that they could render together with the companion of their choice, the person that they shared sacred covenants with and had spent the majority of their lives with, raising a family and serving faithfully in the Church. It became clear to me that what was really at the heart of this sculpture was that special relationship, the dedication to each other and to the Lord.”