The Treasure by Elspeth Young

The Treasure


{ Mary Elizabeth Rollins }
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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

The story behind The Treasure

The following text is excerpted from the autobiography of Mary Elizabeth Rollins:
When I was ten years old, [my family and I] moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and lived in a house belonging to [my uncle] Algernon Sidney Gilbert. We remained there two years, when we heard of the plates of the Book of Mormon, being found by Joseph Smith. Soon the news was confirmed by the appearance of Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, and Ziba Peterson, with the glorious news of the restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. They bore a powerful testimony, by the Holy Spirit, of the truth of the great work they were engaged in; and which they were commissioned by the Father to present to all the world...

[In the late Fall of 1830] we learned that Brother Morley had the Book [of Mormon] in his possession, the only one in that part of the country. I went to his house just before [an evening] meeting was to commence, and asked to see the book; Brother Morley put it in my hand, as I looked at it, I felt such a desire to read it, that I could not refrain from asking him to let me take it home and read it, while he attended meeting. He said it would be too late for me to take it back after meeting, and another thing, he had hardly had time to read a chapter in it himself, and but few of the brethren had even seen it, but I pled so earnestly for it, he finally said, "Child, if you will bring this book home before breakfast tomorrow morning, you may take it." He admonished me to be very careful, and see that no harm came to it.

If any person in this world was ever perfectly happy in the possession of any coveted treasure I was when I had permission to read that wonderful book...[my family and I] all took turns reading it until very late in the night. As soon as it was light enough to see, I was up and learned the first verse in the book. When I reached Brother Morley's they had been up for only a little while. When I handed him the book, he remarked, "I guess you did not read much in it." I showed him how far we had read. He was surprised and said, "I don't believe you can tell me one word of it." I then repeated the first verse, also the outlines of the history of Nephi. He gazed at me in surprise, and said, "child, take this book home and finish it, I can wait."

Before or about the time I finished the last chapter, the Prophet Joseph Smith arrived in Kirtland...Brother Whitney brought the Prophet Joseph to our house and introduced him to the older ones of the family (I was not in at the time). In looking around he saw the Book of Mormon on the shelf, and asked how that book came to be there. He said, "I sent that book to Brother Morley." Uncle told him how his niece had obtained it. He asked, "Where is your niece?"  I was sent for; when he saw me he looked at me earnestly...After a moment or two he came and put his hands on my head and gave me a great blessing, the first I ever received, and made me a present of the book, and said he would give Brother Morley another...We all felt that he was a man of God, for he spoke with power, and as one having authority in very deed.

Symbolism in The Treasure

In 1830, Mary Elizabeth Rollins was a truth-hungry twelve-year-old, who had recently been baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, organized earlier that year.  She is depicted, here, curled up on the hearth at the home of her Uncle Sidney Gilbert in Kirtland, Ohio.  The night before the morning depicted in the painting, Mary had convinced a reluctant Isaac Morely to lend her his brand-new copy of the Book of Mormon—the only one in that part of the country.  The light in the painting symbolizes the light that flooded Mary's life because of the Book of Mormon, the newly organized Church to which she belonged, and the presence of a living prophet of God in her life.

In 1905, following a life filled with courage, devotion, mistakes, and misfortunes, Mary gave a BYU devotional address that encapsulated what she had gleaned from her experiences: May you ever drink of the water of intelligence that flows from the throne of God.  God Almighty will guide you and direct you and you will walk in the paths of truth and you will receive your reward as His servants for the good deeds you have done on this earth.  This is my testimony...You will all be tried by darkness...but put your trust in your Heavenly Father, let Him be your guide and support, for He is the everlasting light, worlds without ends.
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