Give yourself the gift of experiencing religious art this Christmas.
There’s still time left to check out “Plates and Pages: Writing and Reading the Book of Mormon,” an online art exhibit by the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The exhibit can be found online at history.lds.org/exhibit/book-of-mormon-from-plates-to-pages.
“We hope these images will help each of us remember the efforts of those that came before who recorded their experiences and testimonies,” said Church History Museum Director Alan Johnson. “Likewise, we are forever grateful to those who helped bring these records forward in our day so that through our own study of them, we can come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ.”
The first section, “The Record,” focuses on the stories of the Book of Mormon. The largest of the three sections, many of the paintings depict stories from the Book of Mormon. Several of well-known artist Arnold Friberg’s paintings are here, among works by other artists.
The second section, “In Our Hands,” focuses on the Book of Mormon in the hands of modern readers. A few of the works seemingly focus on when the book was first printed in the 1800s, such as Elspeth Young’s “Growing Light” and John B. Andelin’s sculpture “Contemplating Moroni’s Promise.”
The third section, “That We May Know,” focuses on the words themselves. Here, the work is by only two artists, with Vernard Lester Beckstrand’s illuminated manuscripts of certain scriptures and a needlepoint of the Book of Mormon’s title page by Marilyn McLean.