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“Connect,” For the Strength of Youth, Mar. 2021, inside front cover.


Liah T.

16, Louisiana, USA

Music is a big part of my life. I love to play the violin and viola. When I was young, my mom was called to teach music in Primary. She taught me to love the songs in the Children’s Songbook, and I feel the Spirit whenever I play them.

I also dance for the Louisiana Vintage Dancers and paint canvas art for my parents and my home. I have so much gratitude and appreciation for people who spend time painting the art we see at church. I think it is wonderful that painting is just one more way people can share their feelings about the gospel.

In the October 2018 general conference, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles referenced a painting of a sunset behind a forest. It was absolutely beautiful! The painting reminded me that the sun will always come after the dark night.

The gospel is my life! I love connecting my love of art to the gospel. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a religious painting for me to feel God’s love. I have even looked at paintings of birds before and thought, “Oh, God created that bird for me.”