Elder Oaks dedicates sculpture garden or more importantly, we learn how he got his name

by | Jul. 07, 2009

Mormons We Know

In 1918 Cyrus E. Dallin created "The Spirit of Life," a bronze sculpture that is now a focal point in the Stewart Sculpture Garden, a new addition to the Springville Museum of Art.

On Tuesday his namesake, Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated the new garden, once a weed patch, and rededicated the museum, which then-Elder David O. McKay originally dedicated as a "sanctuary of beauty" in 1937. Elder Oaks repeated those words in his short dedicatory prayer and then blessed the contributors.

Years earlier Dallin used his own mother as the model when he sculpted the pioneer mother statue, which is in Springville's city park, Elder Oaks said.

An expectant mother sat on a ditch bank listening and watching with 10,000 other people as the artist unveiled the statue July 25, 1932, then 18 days later she gave birth to the future apostle.

"That was where my name Dallin comes from," Elder Oaks said.

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