Your Best Creative Energy…

Here is another terrific quote from the First Presidency message in January 1971:

“Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society–the family?” (Ensign, Jan 1971)

This can be a painful choice for an artist in any field. Most people drawn to the arts already have locked up within them the essential ability to hunker down and hibernate during creative sessions. I know for myself, it can be painful to draw my head above water and take a breath. I enjoy being submerged in fluid creativity, only barely registering the “glub, blug, glub” of people talking to me above my little pond.

And yet, here it is. A quote from nearly 40 years ago reminding me that I am to be a mother before and beyond any other artistic endeavor on this earth.

Message from the First Presidency, Jan 1971

I’ve started on my journey mentioned below of reading every Ensign published since the magazine’s beginning in January 1971. As I did so today, I was touched by the quote on the inside of the flap:

“My dear brothers and sisters: This is a rare opportunity to reach members of the Church in this way. It is estimated that nearly 350,000 families will receive the first issue of our new adult magazine, the Ensign, and this recorded message.

“As you listen and read, may I remind you of just how important the family unit is in the overall plan of our Father in heaven. In fact, the Church organization really exists to assist the family and its members in reaching exaltation” (Joseph Fielding Smith, “Message from the First Presidency,” Ensign, Jan 1971, inside front cover).

Think on the times nearly 40 years ago when this was published. TV programs were tame, movies were too. X-rated media could only be obtained in the seediest of locations on the “wrong side” of town. So look at the prophetic nature of this message from the First Presidency of the church in 1971:

“Family unity and family commitment to the gospel are so important that the adversary has turned much of his attention to the destruction of families in our society. On every side there is an attack on the basic integrity of the family as the foundation of what is good and noble in life….As the forces of evil attack the individual by tearing away at his family roots, it becomes critical for Latter-day Saint parents….” (I’ll stop quoting here, but invite you to read the rest — it is an amazing message.)

Just think if every person reading that magazine had doubled their efforts to save the family of their generation! What impact would that have now one and two (and perhaps three) generations later? For those who stay tapped into what is happening at the U.N. and in other locations, the breakdown of the family has reached monumental proportions.

My New Personal Project

This has been on my mind for some time, but I’m just now getting around to it (shame on me :0).

A few months back I discovered that every issue of the Ensign magazine, since its initiation in January 1971, is now online. My new goal is to read every issue published — from Jan 1971 to current.

Yep, it’s a tall order. Yep, it may take me from now till the millennium to complete it. But I’m excited. There’s a part inside of me that is hungry for the gospel on a deeper level than I’ve yet known.

So I’ll be taking notes and recording them here in my “Seriously” blog. And why is it that we blog now (yes, this is a segue in topic)? It amazes me. Most people I know have 3-5 blogs, if not more. I write for several. It’s an odd thing …

I think it all means we were sent to earth to record, record, record our life’s journey. Talk about the records in heaven — there sure are a bunch now down here on earth! :0)