Question: Why does Church artwork portray Joseph as being alone during Moroni's visit?

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Question: Why does Church artwork portray Joseph as being alone during Moroni's visit?

Some Church artwork does indeed portray Joseph as being alone, and some shows his siblings

Some Church artwork does indeed portray Joseph as being alone—this is simply an artistic interpretation. The August 2009 Ensign, page 54, however, shows a painting of Joseph sitting up in his bed looking at Moroni. Next to Joseph one can clearly see three of his siblings in the same bed...sound asleep. (May be viewed here: "He Called Me By Name," Artwork by Liz Lemon Swindle)

However, for those who criticize the Church for not showing Joseph's siblings in the room in every single painting of the event, we offer this: The television show South Park episode "All About Mormons" demonstrated Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon using a stone in a hat, yet even they didn't portray the detail of Joseph's siblings being in the room during Moroni's visit:

Image from the South Park episode "All About Mormons"

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