To Be Like Them
“Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our highest aspiration is to be like them.”
– Dallin H. Oaks, Apostasy and Restoration, April 1995
I came across this quote the other day, and this piece just sort of flowed right out of me. Creating art is weird. Sometimes you struggle to come up with a concept, agonizing over the details. Other times you read something, or hear something, or recall something you’ve seen/read/heard and it all comes in a flash. Typically “other times” happen to me at the end of the night, just as I’m finally in the most comfortable position in bed and am about to drift off to sleep. Luckily this particular “other times” piece came to me earlier on in the evening and so instead of having my usual internal debate on whether or not to get up and sketch, I was able to just pull out my iPad and get to work.
Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered from the work I’ve created this year, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on our Heavenly Mother & Father and thinking about how who they are is reflected in who I am and what I have the potential to become. At some point growing up, I heard that nonsensical “We don’t talk about Her because She’s too sacred” verbiage about Heavenly Mother and even though it never made sense to me, for a long time I felt maybe... uncomfortable? talking/thinking about Her past the point of “She exists” and let it influence my relationship with both my Heavenly Parents and also my understanding of who I will become. I also unconsciously felt like talking about Her somehow made my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus less. But being more open with talking of Her both verbally, in writing, and in my art doesn’t lessen my love or respect for any of them. It just helps me understand better who I’m aspiring to be, and hopefully it helps some of you as well. 💛
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