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1 Nephi 8:11 “Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.”

Nephi 8:10-12

Story Behind the Art:

I have always been touched by the story of the “Tree of Life” in the Book of Mormon. I had it in my mind that I wanted to portray it, yet do it in a more subtle way. I wanted to back off from illustrating it too literally, so that people could make their own interpretation. The line that always jumped out at me was in 1 Nephi 8:11 “Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.” I set out to find the perfect tree. We lived in Menan, Idaho at the time, and whenever we got into the car, I kept my eyes open for my Tree of Life. It was when we went to visit my in laws in Grace, Idaho on their homestead, that I finally found it. It was a beautiful frosty morning, and the babies were sleeping so my husband and I left them with my mother in law and took a little snowy drive to the river. It practically jumped out at us. I love the peaceful feeling this sweet tree conveys. - Mandy Jane Williams

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