“Joy in the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Sept. 2005, 51–53
Joy in the Book of Mormon
Minerva K. Teichert found joy in the scriptures and felt that her Book of Mormon paintings and murals were her most important works.
Minerva K. Teichert’s life was filled with contrasts. Minerva (1888–1976) and her husband, Herman, raised five children on their Wyoming ranch, where she lived the rugged life of one who cared for horses and cattle. At the same time, she was also a sensitive artist and faithful student of the scriptures whose love for the Book of Mormon stories and the pioneers flowed onto large canvases attached to the four walls of her living room.
She studied art in Chicago (1909–12) and in New York (1915–16). Of her training in New York with Robert Henri, one of the most influential American art teachers of the early 20th century, she said, “I’ve driven many a run-away team, and I love the pull of the reins in my hands, but [Henri’s] class was something now!”1
At one point Henri asked her if anyone had told “the Mormon story.” Minerva replied, “Not to my liking.” As a result the story of the Latter-day Saint pioneers and stories from the scriptures became the subject matter of her art. Her prolific career spanned six decades and resulted in nearly a hundred murals as well as hundreds of paintings.