• Quote of the Day

    “Surely the reason Christ said, ‘Father, forgive them,’ was because even in that terrible hour He knew that this was the message He had come through all eternity to deliver.”
    —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Motley Vision Blog on Teichert Article

The LDS blog A Motley Vision recently commented on the article “And Thus We See,” which appears in the August Ensign and features several of Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon paintings. As blogger William Morris says, “The Ensign’s art direction is sometimes criticized in Mormon cultural circles. Often justly. But I think it should also be applauded when it delivers.” Can’t fault that logic.

It seems that opinions about Minerva Teichert are divided in the general LDS populace. Some love her, and some, well, don’t. Personally, I like her style. And though I also like Friberg in a way, I enjoy the differences in Teichert’s paintings (for instance, depicting Abinadi as a fully clothed, young to middle-aged man instead of a sinewy octogenarian).

The article is now online and includes links to large versions of the images.

Why the Book of Mormon?

In this month’s New Era, President Henry B. Eyring begins his message by saying, “When I was a young man I wondered why the Lord needed to have the Prophet Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon to begin the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The rest of this article, titled “Why the Book of Mormon?” answers this question. President Eyring began finding answers when he started his service as a missionary. He focuses on four main answers: it is a powerful missionary tool, it testifies of Christ, it brings the Spirit, and it teaches and invites. As always, President Eyring offers simple but profound insights.

I believe that many other returned missionaries can tell similar stories of how their understanding of and relationship with the Book of Mormon grew through their missionary service. I know mine did. And, yes, I think that I now understand better why the Lord introduced the Book of Mormon at the beginning of the Restoration. This “marvelous work” is indeed both a strange and a wonderful thing, and it deserves much closer attention than most in the world are willing to give it.