Someone once said to a hesitant, prospective woodcarver who didn’t know quite how to begin, “Start making some chips!” Our first feeble attempts at creativity are often no more than that. But they are a beginning. Beauty and truth are all about us, beckoning us to respond. But perspiration usually precedes inspiration, and pondering, reverentially, [...]

Every individual has creative capacity. The satisfaction and growth creativity generates is intended for each of us, not just for the most gifted. To “try it” takes courage. via – New Era Article – Try It!.

While soccer fans from much of the rest of the world were trying to make their way to her home country for the latter stages of the World Cup, Kim Brown was traveling from just north of Johannesburg, South Africa, to a hillside between the villages of Manchester and Palmyra. via Passion for Hill Cumorah [...]

We must recognize that excellence and quality are a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and about life and about God. If we don’t care much about these basic things, then such not caring carries over into the work we do, and our work becomes shabby and shoddy. Real craftsmanship, regardless of the skill [...]

Go to, then, you who are gifted; cultivate your gift. Develop it in any of the arts and in every worthy example of them. If you have the ability and the desire, seek a career or employ your talent as an avocation or cultivate it as a hobby. But in all ways bless others with [...]

Creativity, therefore, is not simply innovation but organization. Clearly self-discipline is required as part and parcel of that self-discovery which is paralleled by the discovery of the universes, vast and small, of which we are a part. via – New Era Article – Creativity.

We need to have an organization of skilled and talented people worldwide who know how to use the media. We have to move toward the time when we have a core of people in communications. In fact, I look forward to the day when we have a thousand highly skilled people in the Church in [...]

We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. The characteristics of a creative person can be used to develop solutions for seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We can use originality to overcome opposition. We can develop new ways to help others [...]

In the span of nearly 80 years, I’ve seen many changes. When I began my mission in England in 1948, the most common way for people to get news was through newspapers and radio. How different the world is today. For many of you, if you read newspapers, the chances are you read them on [...]

Distorted chess tables, sparkly turnings and bold ’70s super graphics are just some of the many exquisite works of art that comprise a retired BYU professor’s life of work. via Retired BYU professor’s art on display |

With a cast of about 1,600 youths and hundreds of people who either served as part of the crew or helped in preparations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' pre-temple dedication cultural celebration was an event for the ages. via Lifestyle : What a show! – Eastern Arizona Courier.

Jace Warren took art lessons when he was 12 and knew then he wanted to draw with chalk. What he couldn't have known is that those lessons would help him share a message with people on the other side of the world. About a year into his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of [...]

The paintings — a 1903 rendition of Christ in America done by Danish artist CCA Christensen (no relation to Anthony Christensen) and an 1893 oil painting of the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Carl Wuttke — are valuable pieces that will fetch a nice price but more importantly, Christensen says, they are the kind of [...]

Hallowed Ground Sacred Journeys is a multimedia platform featuring Religious Educators from BYU. It consists of a website,, a hardcover book, “Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations,” a Salt Lake City church history tour guide and a DVD-ROM that includes the virtual tours also found on the website. The educators teach about various [...]

News has been circling the globe about how creators of "South Park" are ready to open a new Broadway musical next March mocking Mormons. Latter-day Saints may want to consider how they will respond to what is apt to be some biting satire at the expense of their culture and most sacred beliefs and history. [...]

Being a single Mormon gal in New York City isn’t without its unique challenges, and Baker addresses them with just the right blend of earnestness and self-deprecating humor. More Sex and the City than Big Love, Baker’s story is an uncommon version of a common enough conflict for the modern American woman: how to be yourself and [...]

A couple Saturdays ago, my wife and I were visiting friends who are notable (among other reasons) for buying art. They have a Bryan Mark Taylor for instance and they had two other pieces on the wall near their computer that I found quite striking. They were the work of Casey Jex Smith, whose name [...]

That is what the arts can do for the stories of our ancestors—make them memorable, enjoyable, and repeatable. And the specific art used is almost inconsequential! It can be quilting, drama, storytelling, literature, music, dance, cooking, pottery, sewing, painting, puppetry, weaving, even architecture! (The control room in my recording studio is the “Joseph C. Clive [...]

Mormons have a special relationship with the concept of creation, but the reverse is absolutely not the case. And not all Latter-day Saints want to create art, or books, or blogs, or statuary. I’m creating things because that’s what I enjoy, and after lots of practice that’s kind of what I’m best at. Being Mormon [...]

Just three days before opening night, the cast gathers around a cafeteria table as director Jared Larkin serves homemade beef and cabbage. After five hours of rehearsing Brian Friel's "Dancing at Lughnasa," his students welcome the dinner break. "Do you guys feel more Irish?" Larkin asks as the teenage cast and crew feast on ginger [...]

A simple thank-you note changed Brigham Young University-Idaho student Hans Smith's life more than he ever could have imagined. In 2008, the baseball fanatic, whose participation in the game has been limited to that of an observer due to the physical limitations of cerebral palsy, discovered a baseball video game more realistic than any other [...]

Artificial intelligence, neural networks and genetic algorithms aren’t terms usually heard in the HFAC. However, a small group of BYU students is facing the unknown and is looking to bridge the gap between artificial intelligence and human creativity. Enter DARCI, a project taken on by the students in VATSU 460 and 680. DARCI stands for [...]

The Knights of the Dawn are in trouble. Betrayals and treachery have taken their toll. Vital artifacts have fallen into the hands of the Society of the Evening Star. Family members have been kidnapped. The demon prison Zzyzx is close to being opened, which will pretty much mean the end of the world as we [...]

Ask a Mormon to describe his or her favorite comedian's humor and you're bound to hear the phrase "really clean" at least once. "Clean" is usually requisite for LDS audiences, but for some Mormon comics, being clean isn't so much a concerted effort as it is an inherent part of their humor. It's not about [...]

Performing for the queen of Thailand, being welcomed to India by Indira Gandhi, meeting Mother Teresa and visiting 66 countries around the world — these are the accomplishments Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors, observing the performing group's 40th anniversary this year. via LDS Church News – BYU Young Ambassadors celebrate 40 years of performance.

We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. The characteristics of a creative person can be used to develop solutions for seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We can use originality to overcome opposition. We can develop new ways to help others [...]

Brigham Young University-Idaho faculty member Leon Parson is the 2010 recipient of the Eliza R. Snow Award. Each year, the Eliza R. Snow Society for the Performing Arts recognizes and honors an individual who has excelled in the performing and visual arts. The recipient must be an alumnus of BYU-Idaho and be supportive of the [...]

For decades I have been on a quest to become the Perfect Husband, the Ultimate Man, the Guy My Wife Dreams Of. Unfortunately, she’s still dreaming. I’ve read all the self-help books, seen all the relationship movies, and studied every “this is what a real man should be” talk ever given by anyone with Elder [...]

Finding time for the important things can be tough when you’re in a new city every week for 16 months.But musician and actor Dallyn Bayles found a way.Somehow, in the middle of his lengthy tour with The Phantom of the Opera, the busy father of three not only found time to record an album that [...]

Art has a spirit, a unique way of speaking to the soul that enriches our lives. "There are many, many art forms," says Angela Ames, church history educator at the Church History Museum. "They all can bring the spirit into our lives." via MormonTimes – LDS Church History Museum's interactive exhibit.

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