First and foremost, I want to elucidate that I decided to write about the Mormon Museum as art. I am not a Mormon member or am thinking of becoming one. I opted to write this article because my blog is related to everything related to art and poetry.
HOW IS THE MORMON MUSEUM IN ROME?
Last week, I had the chance to visit the Mormon museum in Rome, in Italy, online. Firstly, It was a fun experience to know how art can serve as a means of religious education. Secondly, the hospitality was charming. Four missionaries attended to me: two of them were from Peru, a minister from the United States, and Italy.
Besides, they showed me the risen Jesus Christ images created by the Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen. He had the creativity to make different pictures of Christ during the 18th and 19th centuries even though it was trendy in churches to have a crucified Jesus.
They showed me the statues of the 12 apostles and explained that the Apostle Paul had a sword in his hand as a symbol of his death. He decided to die beheaded (according to Mormon missionaries: for the beheading of Paul, his killers used a sword) and not crucified like his lord, Jesus Christ. They also explained to me why the statue of the Apostle Peter has keys in his hand. According to the missionaries, these represent the foundation of the true church under the apostasy for many years. Then the Prophet Joseph Smith found the Book of Mormon’s revelation. He restored the true church, which according to Mormon missionaries, is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What is the baptism of Mormons?
In this paragraph, I am going to talk about what the baptism of Mormons is. They showed the place where they gather to do the dead’s baptism: firstly, this is a ceremonial where a Mormon is baptized again on behalf of a dead relative. By the way, one piece of information that tickled my attention was that they baptized one of the missionaries representing her grandmother who died many years ago. She felt that her grandmother was present in spirit and that she acknowledged them for saving her.
Finally and most importantly, I learned that the Mormon artist Tom Holdman created the stained glass window. It depicts the entire life of Jesus Christ signified through a most precious work of art.