I am so grateful for my daughter, Evie Goettl, who created a new, modern vision of who Nephi was. Her artistic skill is well-practiced and well beyond her years. I personally have not been able to find or create a visual that accurately portrays the person I have been thinking so much about while writing the book. I should have known a latter-day youth would be able to bring him to life in an inspired way.
Still shots have been included in the book (by permission) because I want you to see Nephi as a fellow seeker of Christ, full of modern insight and helpful collaboration. I want you to recognize that the source of Nephi’s power was Christ’s interaction with him and Nephi’s desire to work for Christ. I want you to see him imperfect, unfinished, and from a fresh viewpoint.
Nephi’s collective experiences colored his outlook with brushstrokes unique to him. Each smear and stain informed his future choices with a valuable perspective that cannot be replicated in someone else. Our unique perspective is also valuable and useful to our Savior.
We are in process and unfinished. We have gaps in our faith. Our Savior will continue to refine us for our benefit and the benefit of our families. Refinement is easiest when we willingly participate in change, repent often, and deeply integrate the gospel of Christ into our lives.