President Packer has had a lifelong love of nature and art. He has developed a deep appreciation for the beauties of nature and an understanding of the laws that govern the natural world. Animals, especially birds, have been the primary theme of his artwork. The whole collection consists of nearly 600 original carvings, paintings, sketches, and drawing, many of which illustrate this book.
His artistic passion has become entwined with his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the years, he has often used his art to illustrate gospel principles. One of his key teachings is that there is agreement and harmony between natural and spiritual laws and that nature bears witness of the divine creation.The companion DVD features President and Sister Packer describing the artwork and telling some of life's lessons learned along the way. Originally recorded as a keepsake for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, it now becomes a treasure for admirers of his work. While the photographs in this book provide a beautiful view of his artwork, the video recording shows the amazing precision and intricate detail.
I received this book as a gift and it is really beautiful. I honestly had no idea about President Packer's talents as an artist, so seeing his different pieces in this book has been interesting. The photograph that I've enjoyed most is of a fireplace mantle that he carved. It's really pretty amazing.
This book is a nice way to learn about a different side of President Packer than what we normally see at General Conference!
This book is filled with stories and experiences from President Packer's life and his teachings. The artwork is beautiful and I loved the lessons taught by his talents--in word and art. I loved watching his talents grow throughout his life.
I do have to say the book's outside cover is kind of flimsy and has already started to bow. I hope future printings will be of better quality.
Elder Packer is a very wonderful blessing, what more can be said except .. Thankyou for your precious sacred life.