We can each find ways to portray and share God’s love for His children.
November 8, 2018, started out like any ordinary morning. Yet an hour I spent at an art exhibit that day made a significant impact in my life.
The Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, had just opened an exhibit with paintings by President Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. While strolling through the exhibit,
A Visual Journal: Artwork of Henry B. Eyring
, I was in awe of President Eyring’s watercolor skills, and his collection was a great reminder of this message from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.”1 The process of creation is worth our time.
But what affected me most that day was this statement from President Eyring:
“My motivation in all of my varied creative work seems to have been a feeling of love. … I felt the love of a Creator who expects His children to become like Him—to create and to build. In addition, I have always had a feeling of love for my family, friends, and others who might gain some satisfaction and joy from my efforts. So, my hope … is that those who see this exhibit might feel both the Savior’s and my own love for them.”2
Isn’t that so powerful? It reminded me to see opportunities to help others feel Heavenly Father’s and my love for them in all that I create and do. And that is a life-changing perspective that brings so much joy!
President Eyring added: “I have feelings while I paint certain kinds of things. … I can’t do it unless I have something I care about. So I pray to know; I can’t just go do a picture to do a nice picture.”3 For him, painting is all about the purpose behind the art.
Elder Uchtdorf spoke of this powerful potential of art: “Art shows there is a greater purpose in life which transcends our daily worries, stresses, pleasures, and joys. Art can transmit a message of hope, light, and truth anchored in Jesus Christ, His glory, and His work for the eternal well-being of the whole human race. Expression through art is one of the ways we can help bridge the divide.”4
Artists around the world found ways to use art for this purpose as they focused on the theme of the 12th International Art Competition and Exhibition, “All Are Alike unto God” (2 Nephi 26:33).5 Some of the entries are included below.
Whether you beautify the world through art or through action, may you be inspired by these artists and their purpose as they show how art helps us feel and share God’s love.