Begin a life’s quest for goodness

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I’ve  just set up a new page with talks that are about Culture and the Arts. For a long time now, I’ve been influenced by a quote by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, (Conference Report April 1992) –

“We can fill our lives with good.  We have so much good from which to choose that we need never partake of evil.”

I think that there is much good that needs to be sought out and created by members of the church.  I’ve started with music, books, and movies.  If it does not in some way lift and inspire us to become better people, I just don’t want to spend precious time dollars on it.

Another quote that I keep with me is something that my Dad said –

“In any sane society, the role of the artist is to reach through the veil, grasp a piece of the celestial culture and bring it into our telestial world.  Anything less risks mediocrity in the quest for excellence.”

He’s such a wise man.  Here’s another –

“Satan is the great usurper of the Arts. We cannot let him run rampant in such a powerful medium.”

It is up to us then, to gather and to create things of quality and beauty.  We cannot allow others to be the engineers of culture because the trend to “call evil good, and good evil”  (Isa. 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20)  is prevalent and will destroy that which has the power to edify and bring our society to the higher plane.

Create

I have been so touched by this video that was made by the Church for youtube (in the Mormon Messages section).  It’s based on the Elder Uchtdorf talk from Fall 2008 Relief Society General Session.  Both the talk and this video are breathtaking and have given me the desire to create more, and help others to do the same.

Arise and Build

Last night I found a scripture that describes my feeling about embracing the creative part of my life right now.

“The God of Heaven, He will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build”  Nehemiah 2:20

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of creation.  The thing that separates us from animals is the ability to create – like our Father in Heaven.  Everything that lives on this earth has the basic needs of food, shelter, rest,  and survival –  but mankind has a level of ability that transcends those basic needs.  It makes me want to embrace that ability that makes us more like Him.