For Minerva Teichert there were only two reasons to paint--"either a thing must be very beautiful or it must be an important story." She loved and lived the truths of the Book of the Mormon; it was the important story she felt determined to tell through her masterful art.
The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert is her complete series of Book of Mormon murals--each one a story by itself. From the sons of Lehi, presenting their wealth to Laban in exchange for the brass plates, to Christ appearing at the temple in Bountiful, Minerva Teichert captured the teachings and drama of the Book of Mormon.
From the beginning her dream was to teach the Book of Mormon through her painting. She adopted a statement from the dean of American mural painters, Edwin H. Blashfield, as her own: "The decoration in a building which belongs to the public must speak to the people--to the man on the street. It must embody thought and significance, and that so plainly that he who runs may read." This was her goal for her Book of Mormon murals. She also dreamed of publishing the series in a book but never realized that goal. This publication is, in some measure, a fulfillment of that dream.
One hundred color plates, assembled here for the first time, tell the story Teichert felt inspired to share through her painting. An overview of Teichert's mural techniques and personal motivations complements the paintings and sketches. Scriptures, captions, and excerpts from her letters enrich the presentation of these works throughout the book.
The Book of Mormon Paintings of Minerva Teichert is certain to inspire any reader--expert or novice. More important, this collection displays the truths that Teichert so strongly believed: that Jesus is the Christ and the Book of Mormon is the word of God.