Mary Whitmer and Moroni: Experiences of an Artist in Creating a Historical Painting
Mary Whitmer (1778-1856) and her family hosted Joseph Smith, Emma Smith, and Oliver Cowdery as Joseph completed the translation of the Book of Mormon in June 1829. Mary was visited by a “stranger person” who showed her the plates of gold and encouraged her to be patient in her labors. This person was later identified as Moroni, the Book of Mormon prophet. Robert Pack, an engineering professor and artist, researched Mary’s life and the historical circumstances and then created a painting showing Mary’s visit with Moroni. This essay shares the story behind the beautiful painting.