Jesus taught the people of the New World, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, after
His resurrection. At the end of the first day He instructed them to go to their
homes and ponder upon the things which He had said, and prepare their minds for the
morrow, for He would come again and teach them.
Jesus Christ told the people of the Book of Mormon that He would go visit other
civilizations, as He was commanded by His Father.
“And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about
again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon
him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.”
In His compassion, He did change His plans and minister further to them.
” I have done two versions of this sculpture. The first represented Christ healing
in the Old World. This version represents the Book of Mormon account of Christ healing
His “other sheep . . . which are not of this fold” (John 10:16). Christ asked the
people if there were any sick among them and said, “Bring them hither and I will
heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy. . . .
And he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him. . . . And it
came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought. . .
. And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones” (3
Nephi 17:7, 9, 11, 23).”
The Book of Mormon records that when Jesus Christ visited the people of ancient
America, He taught them wonderful things, some of which were similar to what He had
taught during His mortal life in the Holy Land. Before He left that first day, He
looked upon them with compassion, as He did through His mortal ministry, and invited
those who were sick or hurt in any way to come to Him, and He would heal them.
“And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord,
did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their
blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner;
and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him.”
(This painting is the 8th of 9 on the page. Scroll down.)
“I live in the only Latter-day Saint Aboriginal community in Australia, a rural village
called Angkula. Since my baptism, missionaries have been reading the Book of Mormon
to me. It has transformed my life and art. My artwork is my testimony of the greatest
things of God—the hope of eternal life through the Atonement. The painting narrates
Christ’s visit to America. He is the central figure, healing the throngs of diverse
people. In each corner of the painting there is a ‘coolamon,’ a wooden dish, containing
a sprig of a medicinal plant, illustrating His healing. In Aboriginal art, dots signify
the ‘dreamtime,’ a mythological realm in ancient spiritual beliefs. However, in this
context, they show that Christ’s coming is being adopted into Aboriginal culture,
significant because the Aboriginal race is just beginning to accept the restored