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The Touching Way President Eyring Is Capturing Memories of His Wife as Her Health Is Failing

The Church History Museum's new exhibit is so much more than a collection of paintings. It's a collection of memories from President Henry B. Eyring's life, many of which include his wife. "This is a journal of emotion," President Eyring said. "I can't resist trying to capture a memory or a feeling of a memory."

His wife has lost much of her memory, and President Henry B. Eyring's effort to capture his memories with her makes a surprising new exhibit of his water colors especially poignant.

For 40 years, President Eyring has used his paintings to augment his written journal, capturing the feelings of a memory in a scene, in light, in shadows. Most often, the feeling he has sought to preserve is about a moment with Sister Kathleen Johnson Eyring.

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Water colors painted by President Henry B. Eyring are on display in a special exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City from Nov. 9 through Jan. 21, 2019.

Water colors painted by President Henry B. Eyring are on display in a special exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City from Nov. 9 through Jan. 21, 2019.


 Water colors and sketching pencils along with a few sketches by President Henry B. Eyring are among the different pieces on display in a special exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

"This is a journal of emotion," said President Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "I can't resist trying to capture a memory or a feeling of a memory."

Watching him walk through the exhibit at the Church History Museum for the first time this week, it was clear that he has succeeded. Painting after painting animated him, bringing back a feeling of a memory.

And most were about Sister Eyring.

Story by Tad Walch, Deseret News. Lead image by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. President Henry B. Eyring discusses the different pieces of his art on display in a special exhibit at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The exhibit opens on Friday and runs through Jan. 21, 2019.

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