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Miracle of the Gulls – Note Cards

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Miracle of the Gulls by Minerva Teichert – Note Cards

This gorgeous piece of art depicts the gratitude of the early Utah Latter-day Saints to the Lord for delivering them from absolute starvation. Without the miracle of the seagulls.. an entire people would have surely died from starvation. We love this so much – and we hope you will share this message through these note cards.

Our lovely greeting cards are an affordable way to share the beauty of Minerva Teichert’s art. She hoped that her pioneer heritage would be remembered & carried far and wide… which is why she painted the story. We can spread her triumphant & beautifully spirited works far and wide through the beauty of a few kindly written words…of encouragement, of love, of hope… whatever you choose to write. We leave the cards blank inside so you can easily add your own message.

The cards are 5.5″ X 4” and come with envelopes.
Choose from two sets:  8 pack or 12 pack

Handmade in the USA

—- You’ll love this history —-

After Brigham Young led the first group of Latter-day Saints into Salt Lake City, the pioneers had the good fortune of a relatively mild winter. Although late frosts in April and May destroyed some of the crops, the pioneers seemed to be well on their way to self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, swarms of insects appeared in late May.

These insects, now called “Mormon crickets” because of this incident, are not true crickets, but instead belong to the katydid family. Having ornamental wings, they are unable to fly, but instead can travel in huge swarms. The crickets eat all plant material in their path, but they also eat any insects that die on the way, including their own species. They are known to cyclically swarm in some areas of the Mountain West, especially in Utah and Nevada. These insects threatened the livelihood of the early Saints; stomping on the pests did not dissuade them from entering farms as others would advance. This is a reproductive strategy similar to mast reproduction in oaks, overwhelming predators with sheer numbers allowing a percentage of the population to survive to reproduce. Latter-day Saints often cast this disaster in Biblical terms like the 8th plague of locusts.

According to traditional accounts, legions of gulls appeared by June 1848 following fervent prayers by the pioneer farmers. It is said that these birds, native to the Great Salt Lake, ate mass quantities of crickets, drank some water, regurgitated, and continued eating more crickets over a two-week period. The pioneers saw the gulls’ arrival as a miracle, and the story was recounted from the pulpit by church leaders such as Orson Pratt and George A. Smith. The traditional story is that the seagulls annihilated the insects, ensuring the survival of some 4,000 pioneers who had traveled to Utah. For this reason, Seagull Monument was erected and the California gull is the state bird of Utah.

The Artist

Minerva Teichert

Minerva Teichert was an accomplished painter. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Art Students League of New York. She once exclaimed “I must paint”, when asked about how she continued to paint without a dedicated studio or much free time to create. Her beloved images of the Savior, along with her collection of over 400 murals, have touched the hearts of thousands. Minerva’s life was firmly rooted in ideas and people, not in things. “You don’t want too many things,” she once wrote. “They become a burden. In fact, we shouldn’t have too many things in this life, just enough for our needs. …Do good with all the rest.” Please see our other works of Minerva Teichert art.

We are proud to offer Minerva Teichert art and prints.

OUR COMMITMENT TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE REVEALED NAME OF THE CHURCH:

On August 16th, 2018 President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding the name of the Church.

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.”

The Church has since released guidelines stating the use of Mormon or LDS as a substitute for the name of the church should be avoided, but such use in proper names such as – The Book of Mormon or when used as an adjective in historical expressions such as – The Mormon Trail – Mormon Battalion, should be considered as the correct use.

The Minerva Teichert Art Gallery has been working to put our website in harmony with this important revelation. It’s been customary for websites like ours to use terms like LDS Art, LDS Temple Art, LDS pictures or Mormon Art when describing our products for Google and other search engines. Our intention has been to help people find what has been termed as LDS products & LDS Gifts. It took many many months to build and add products to this Minerva Teichert art website using those relevant and popular search terms – please bear with us as we find each instance where we can better be in harmony with President Nelson’s message. Thank you for your patience and your kindness during this process – Minerva Teichert Art Gallery