Minerva Teichert, 1934
The works of western American artist, Minerva Teichert, have received increasingly popular and critical acclaim in recent years. From her modest home in Wyoming, Teichert produced a prolific number of paintings that celebrate the saga of western settlement and the heritage of her Mormon faith. Today, Teichert is beloved among the LDS community as a woman who successfully combined faith and family and left an extraordinary legacy of artistic production. Her large mural of The First Vision captures the moment when the Prophet Joseph Smith saw “two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above [him] in the air” (Joseph Smith-History 1:17). This mural along with its companion piece, The Restoration of the Melchizedech Priesthood, was painted by the artist as “tithing in kind” for the Montpelier Idaho Stake Tabernacle in 1934.