Miracle of the Gulls – Note Cards
Minerva Teichert ART
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.