But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted, and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd.
Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the laborers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.
A few thoughts for creative types, and for others who likewise hunger to minister:
Spencer W. Kimball:
"..the full story of Mormonism has never yet been written nor painted nor sculpted nor spoken. It remains for inspired hearts and talented fingers yet to reveal themselves. They must be faithful, inspired, active Church members to give life and feeling and true perspective to a subject so worthy. Such masterpieces should run for months in every movie center, cover every part of the globe in the tongues of the people, written by great artists, purified by the best critics.
Our writers, our motion picture specialists, with the inspiration of heaven, should tomorrow be able to produce a masterpiece which would live forever. Our own talent, obsessed with dynamism from a CAUSE, could put into such a story life and heartbeats and emotions and love and pathos, drama, suffering, fear, courage; and they could put into it the great leader, the mighty modern Moses who led a people farther than from Egypt to Jericho, who knew miracles as great as the stream from the rock at Horeb, manna in the desert, giant grapes, rain when needed, battles won against great odds.
Take a Nicodemus and put Joseph Smith's spirit in him, and what do you have? Take a da Vinci or a Michelangelo or a Shakespeare and give him a total knowledge of the plan of salvation of God and personal revelation and cleanse him, and then take a look at the statues he will carve and the murals he will paint and the masterpieces he [or she] will produce. Take a Handel with his purposeful effort, his superb talent, his earnest desire to properly depict the story, and give him inward vision of the whole true story and revelation, and what a master you have!"
...The architect Daniel H. Burnham said:
'Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood
And probably themselves will not be realized.
Make big plans; aim high and hope and work,
Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die,
But long after we are gone,
Will be a living thing,
Asserting itself with ever-growing insistancy.
Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things
That would stagger us....'"
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Ezra Taft Benson:
"Now, my good Saints, we have a great work to perform in a very short time. We must flood the earth with the Book of Mormon - and get out from under God's condemnation for having treated it lightly. (See D&C 84:54-58)
...I have a vision of artists putting into film, drama, literature, music, and paintings great themes and great characters from the Book of Mormon."
Additional food for thought.
Noteworthy thoughts from a recent graduation speech by Nathaniel Johansen:
"...When instead, we do our best work, we become our best self,
and the best you, can never be replaced.
We can, with every bit of confidence know,
that when we do the best work we can,
and pull out the very best from within us,
we compose a work that will never be re-written.
Your best work is untouchable. Your best work is priceless,
and there is nothing that comes close to it.
You are the only one who can do what you can do
when you do it your very best,
the effort which transforms you into your very best.
Think of what would have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
would have done just enough to fulfill his role as a local pastor.
No doubt there would have been a pretty good congregation in Atlanta, Georgia,
but would there have been the civil rights movement leading to the end of Segregation?
It was Dr. King's refusal to be normal
and his dedication to himself to do the best he could
that left America singing songs of freedom and equality.
Life never stops for the person who is dead-set on doing
what they do in the best way they can...."
Also, please consider my grandfather's favorite hymn.
2000 years ago, the Savior promised, among other things, to send scribes. What is your role in such things? While Candlestick has no employees, if designing and/or producing Restoration-related endeavors is something you desire to explore, please leave a message at either 801.657.0662 or johndavidnelson2 at gmail.com explaining what you feel impressed to do, and I will see what else I might also be able to bring to the table. With years of video production, screenwriting, research, organizational training, and writing/publishing experience, plus a willingness to collaborate, mentor, and/or encourage where appropriate, there are likely synergies available. Am also considering launching a publishing/editing/counseling/crosstraining service agency for creatives. Please speak up if you have interest in a creative agency that also provides a support system.
Consider what impact you might have on untold others. Even secular contributions influence choices: after LA Law aired, new applications for law school students rocketed up by double digits. The forensic sciences also saw a similar spike shortly after shows like NCIS and Bones aired. What then of the potential impact of creative media expressions in things that matter even more? For example, Fiddler on the Roof stirred millions of Jews to a reawakening of their cultural and spiritual roots (Paul Kriwaczek, Yiddish Civilisation - The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation). In your role, what impact can you have within the Restoration, in building the Kingdom?
...And the books were opened... :0)
If you wish to contribute financially towards the efforts of Candlestick Studio (and its companion initiatives), we currently have no physical home, but will post one should one rematerialize.
Finally, if this kind of ministry doesn't resonate with you, please consider several aching humanitarian needs/projects, perhaps to be outlined soon at a companion site.