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Infinite wisdom.

This week has caught me dumbfounded.

I want more than anything to be a scholar–a source of infinite wisdom. I want to know why the artist chose to juxtapose high class with consumerism. I want to know what brie is before I take a big bite of it on a slice of bread. I want to know why people choose to go against their better judgment and paint images that are nothing but offensive. I want to know why people act the way they do. I want to know why people say the things they do. I want to know why people feel the way they do. I want to know how immigration effects the economy. I want to know where someone finds the courage to risk their life crossing the border of a country. I want to know why people believe in what they do. I want to know how to speak in languages that are not my own. I want to know what the future holds. I want to know what my future holds.

I want to know.

And then I remind myself…

There is someone who knows. There is someone who knows all of those things and I can talk to Him whenever I want or need to. I can learn these things, I will learn these things, but it will take time.

I went to a seminar earlier this week on the Invisible Children in Uganda.  Many countries in Africa are being torn apart by one man–Joseph Kony.  He is abducting children by the thousands and making them his child soldiers. After we watched the documentary, a woman from Uganda spoke to us about the effects this man has had on her life. After a very compelling story, and cry for help, she explained that the only thing that we will ever carry with us is an education. They are trying to rebuild schools in Africa so that when these child soldiers are released from Kony’s army after the war, they will have a place to go to become educated.I take for granted every day the opportunity I have to be educated. What an amazing blessing that is in my life.

Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.

Doctrine & Covenants 130:18-19

Patiently Learning,

Heather

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[Art History]

Art History is and always has been one of my favorite classes. This year has been a little challenging for me as we have been reading about 20th Century Contemporary Art. The emphasis has been on eroticism and other topics and images my sheltered brain wished never to see. It has been educational, to say the least.

This week’s reading was on censorship. I wanted to share a quote I found so refreshing. And quite frankly, even as an artist, I agree completely:

” As with our rivers and lakes, we need to clean up our culture: for it is a well from which we must all drink. Just as a poisoned land will yeild up poisonous fruits, so a polluted culture, left to fester and stink, can destroy a nation’s soul. We should not subsidize decadence.” -Patrick Buchanan

The rest of the essay goes on to bash this “archaic language of moral pollution”, but I say: Go Pat!  Whoever you are.

I plan on expanding on these thoughts in a post to come. Stay tuned.

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