A new online exhibit is now available for teachers and families. On March 11, the Church History Museum launched an online art exhibit that was added to the three existing Book of Mormon exhibits.
“A Mighty Change in Your Hearts” has a similar timeline format, which allows viewers to scroll through the artwork. However, the art that was selected from the museum’s collection illustrates scenes and stories from the Book of Mormon to follow this year’s curriculum.
“It is our hope that these images will help us all remember the words and examples of the prophets, teachers and people in the Book of Mormon,” said Alan Johnson, director of the Church History Museum.
These exhibits are “designed to enrich personal study as well as to be a resource to teachers who are teaching the Book of Mormon curriculum,” said Kevin Nielson, the product manager for history.lds.org. The hope is for viewers to “more fully understand [the stories] or understand [them] from a different perspective.”
The exhibit is divided into four sections — “Prophetic Teachings,” “Sharing the Gospel,” “Personal Conversion” and “Making Covenants.” Each section explores different themes and stories of the Book of Mormon.
“Sometimes having a visual representation of the story helps us better understand the [scriptures],” said Brother Nielson. One example he mentioned was an oil painting titled “Such Great Faith” by Walter Rane. The painting shows King Lamoni’s wife who, although he was feared dead, had the faith to believe her husband would awaken (Alma 19). Brother Nielson pointed out how the scene shows the wife’s compassion and devotion for her husband, which is an element of the story that might not have been considered otherwise.
Several of the art pieces originated from the museum’s annual International Art Competitions. This gives the exhibit both a traditional and an international feel.
“Baptizing in the Waters of Mormon” by Henri-Robert Bresil depicts the recognizable scene of Alma baptizing converts in the Waters of Mormon, but adds an ethnic feel. Brother Nielson said that the international pieces were added to accent the familiar elements of the stories while creating a new perspective.
A similar idea motivated the addition of works of well-known artists to the exhibit. Viewers will recognize works by Arnold Friberg and Del Parson. The museum wanted to present familiar pieces as well as to expand understanding with new ones, said Brother Nielson.
Multiple techniques are also explored in the new exhibit. David Chapman Lindsay created his work “Enos” by drawing an image on his hand. Brother Lindsay then pressed his hand to paper to transfer the image, said Stacie Lusk, a museum educator in an interview published for Church History. “This technique creates a fascinating connection between the physical and spiritual aspects of an experience.”
The exhibit is accessible to those who seek to add to their lessons and personal study.
“Art can stir our souls and prompt us to reflect on our own commitment to the teachings found in the Book of Mormon and strengthen our resolve to follow the Savior,” said Brother Johnson.
The museum anticipates releasing five more Book of Mormon exhibits throughout the year that are associated with the year's curriculum. Three exhibits — “Scenes from the Land of Promise,” “The Journey of Lehi’s Family” and “The Vision of the Tree of Life” have already been published online in addition to “A Mighty Change in Your Hearts.”
The full exhibit, and others, can be seen at history.lds.org/subsection/book-of-mormon-exhibits or through the Church History Museum’s homepage history.lds.org.