Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. - D&C 59:18-19

Story Behind the Art:

Though many pioneers experienced hardship and tragedy on their journey, not all memories were sad. The broad prairies were covered with lush grass and dotted with larkspur, verbena, and geranium and offered vistas of dramatic beauty. My own great-grandmother Elna Jorgensen crossed these plains with her family as a teenager. They were baptized during the early months of the establishment of the Church in Sweden, and then thirteen-year-old Elna stood guard outside the various places members held their meetings to watch for mobs and potential persecutors. Her family left Sweden for Utah in October of 1855, but they did not enter the Salt Lake Valley until September of 1857. I imagine that Elna, like many others, took time to appreciate the vast beauty of the midwestern plains. - Robert T. Barrett

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