We are excited to add a new piece to our Minerva Teichert collection.
MORONI AND THE TITLE OF LIBERTY
Holding high his rent garment inscribed with the title of liberty, Moroni stands center with four soldiers on either side, two kneeling writing their oaths on their torn garments, and two stand at Moroni's side as they rend their garments in covenant. Most likely painted in 1930, the mural reflects Teichert's beaux-arts training in its linear quality, well-defined physical features, and a symmetry intensified by the use of framing figures. Moroni stands at the top of a stairway that is flanked by two images of the feathered serpent with startling turquoise eyes. The architecture suggests Moroni is rallying his people at a temple. The symmetry and perfect balance of the mural, the clouds on the horizon, and the still horses capture a moment of noble calm before the storm of battle. (Book of Mormon: Alma 46:12, 13, 19, 21)
Growing up, I was taught of the importance of our freedom. My parents instructed us to stand up for what we believe in and do what is right. My dad often told me to "remember who you are and what you stand for" That meant to me that I am a child of God and I should treat others with love and respect. I also have memories of learning the Pledge of Allegiance in school and being taught that we live in a great country with freedom and peace. And learning that some people in the world don't have the same privileges that I enjoy.
Although I know I didn't fully understand this in grade school, I do know that those lessons have stayed with me. With more life experience I now understand the greatness of the freedom I have. I also have been able to experience the power of standing up for my beliefs and the impact it can have on my life and others. We truly have a voice that can be heard and a loving Heavenly Father that guides us to use that voice when appropriate.
As I prepared to write this blog post I listed to a talk that helped me remember these experiences of mine and brought more meaning to this painting of "Moroni and the Title of Liberty". The following passage was taken from that talk "War and Peace" given by President Gordon B. Hinckley.
"Even in an evil world we can so live our lives as to merit the protecting care of our Father in Heaven. We can be as the righteous living among the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham pleaded that these cities might be spared for the sake of the righteous. (See Gen. 18:20–32.)
And, above all, we can cultivate in our own hearts, and proclaim to the world, the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through His atoning sacrifice we are certain life will continue beyond the veil of death. We can teach that gospel which will lead to the exaltation of the obedient.
This life is but a chapter in the eternal plan of our Father. It is full of conflict and seeming incongruities. Some die young. Some live to old age. We cannot explain it. But we accept it with the certain knowledge that through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord we shall all go on living, and this with the comforting assurance of His immeasurable love."
I hope you enjoy Minerva Teichert's "Moroni and the Title of Liberty" and may you find great worth in this addition to our gallery as well.