Ceramic, by Taiichi Aoba of the Niihama Branch, Matsuyama Japan District. Among the
images displayed on this decorative Japanese vase are Lehi’s family fleeing Jerusalem,
Abinadi testifying before King Noah, and an angel appearing to Alma.
This piece was inspired in Sariah, mother of Nephi whose name is the only woman's
to appear in Nephi's writings. Sariah's trials were inconceivable, but with steadfastness
in Christ, faith and endurance she was able to obey and follow the will of the Lord.
The piece consists watercolor (in the background) and the use of carbon pencils (Sariah)
The Lord gave Nephi’s family a difficult assignment: return to Jerusalem and acquire
the plates of brass, the history of his people, which was kept by a wealthy relative.
Nephi’s brother complained, but Nephi expressed his faith: “I will go and do the
things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment
unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish
the thing which he commandeth them.”
I am depicting the incident from 1 Nephi, chapter 3, where Nephi returns from speaking
with God to the tent of his Father and learns that he is to go to Jerusalem to get
the brass plates. His father tells Nephi that he has already spoken to Laman and
Lemuel and that they have said the assignment is too hard. Nephi brings joy to Lehi
when he tells him that he will do it because he believes the Lord will help them
do it. The message of my painting is that Nephi set a great example and heritage
of faith for the whole Church forever by what he said and did.
1 Nephi 3:24
BOOK OF MORMON ART
Treasures in Exchange for the Plates of Brass
Lehi’s sons’s second attempt to get the Plates of Brass, as commanded by the Lord:
“And it came to pass that we went in unto Laban, and desired him that he would give
unto us the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, for which we would
give unto him our gold, and our silver, and all our precious things.”