“Holding aloft our colors, We march in the glorious dawn. O youth of the noble birthright, Carry on, carry on, carry on!” (chorus of “Carry On”, Hymn #255).
The truly valiant nature and the extraordinary steadfastness of the thousands of Mormon pioneers who journeyed to Utah starting in the mid-1800s are undeniable. Their willingness to humbly push forward, despite heartbreaking sacrifices and the unimaginable hardships some suffered – is an inspiring testament of their enduring faith. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles noted: “It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity.” (footnote: Oakes, Dallin H., “Following the Pioneers,” General Conference, Oct. 1997.)
The artist’s granddaughter gave her insights on this specific painting: “This work…displays the form of a young pioneer woman in a dramatic pose, clad in a Paisley shawl. A bird-of-paradise motif inspired by a remnant clipped from the wedding dress of the artist’s great-great grandmother adorns the dress of the figure. The portrayal of the young woman represents a handcart pioneer who after an arduous journey has at last arrived with her husband and son at a site overlooking the Salt Lake Valley.” (footnote: Wardle, Marion, Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint. Provo, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 2007. 51.)
Additional reading: “They Came by Handcart”
More information on the artist: “Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a Bold Brush”