Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Humans, like God, are innately creative beings.  In fact, as Elder Uchtdorf recently taught, "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."  This capacity is inherent in all of God's children.  Everyone can create.  Everyone can create masterpieces. 

For example, isn't it inspiring to watch a child draw, or write, or dance, or sing?  Even a first utterance, or a first step, is a creation of unfathomable beauty and wonder.  Each person grows to create in the way that they were designed to create. Each creation is unique.

I often draw inspiration from others who strive to develop their capacity to create.  Just yesterday, for example, I had the opportunity to tour the Museum of Art in Springville, Utah.  While this museum is not the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay or the Uffizi Gallery, it still contains an impressive array of artwork.  Among other pieces, the Springville Museum of Art currently has on display a collection of paintings, of both sacred and secular themes, by the artist Walter Rane.  Rane is evidently a diligent student of the masters, and his diligence has paid off.  Although I still might prefer the work of Carl Bloch, Tissot or even J. Kirk Richards, Rane's handiwork is certainly of good report, and praiseworthy.  If you would like to take a brief virtual tour of this exhibit, here are some pictures of a few of the paintings that are on display:

The Springville Art Museum has many other paintings and sculptures by a wide variety of artists.  These artists have demonstrated just one of the endless ways in which it is possible to create.  Start small.  Beautify.  Create!