In 1845, when the first Latter-day Saint pioneers began their 2,000-kilometer trek across the Great Plains to the Salt Lake Valley, they were following the vision of Church leaders who, as early as 1834, looked to the Rocky Mountains as a haven for the Saints.
The arduous journey behind them, the Saints faced further hardships and heartbreak as they settled the Salt Lake Valley and some 700 other communities in the West.
The faith, courage, and tenacity of the pioneers has often been a theme of Latter-day Saint artists. The art featured here is a sampling of some of’the most recent of these tributes. These selections were part of an exhibit titled “The Image of the West” at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. All works are in the Museum’s permanent collection, unless otherwise noted. Photography is by Ron Read.