Culture and the Arts

I am amazed at how many talks I have found recently that discuss the importance of culture and the arts, calling for us to both enjoy and create edifying and uplifting works.

Another link to President Uchtdorf’s masterful talk –

Happiness, Your Heritage – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Relief Society General Session, October 2008

“You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.”

This is found in part in the June 2009 Ensign, the full talk is referenced below –

Your Refined Heavenly Home – Elder Douglas L. Callister (member of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy), BYU Devotional, September 19, 2006

“I don’t know whether our heavenly home has a television set or a DVD machine, but in my mind’s imagery it surely has a grand piano and a magnificent library.”

This next is one that touches me personally.  It’s not recent, but the scope and vision for LDS authors is phenomenal –

Home Literature – Bishop Orson F. Whitney, YMMIA Conference, June 3, 1888

“In God’s name and by his help we will build up a literature whose top shall touch heaven, though its foundations may now be low in earth.”

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