Posts filed under: Sacred Art Experiences

  When I was growing up, whenever I needed comfort, guidance, or stability in the face of a difficult experience, my instinct was to ask for a priesthood blessing. I asked my dad for blessings as a child when my...
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INSPIRED TEXTS: How a nonliteral view of Joseph Smith’s translations bridges the gap between religion and art ecently the LDS church published a series of articles meant to provide more transparent information on challenging historical topics. One of these essays tackles the origins...
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I am dressed in white in a small space defined by tall white curtains. Through the fluttering part between linen panels, I make eye contact with a man, and he enters the space. “Would you like to receive a blessing?”...
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This past weekend a group of 200 women requested entrance to the LDS General Priesthood Conference in Salt Lake City. They were told they couldn’t attend the meeting, which is open to Mormons and nonMormons, because it was for men...
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I had a wonderful time at the Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, VA this past weekend. It inspired me, affirmed my practice, and gave me new friends and new things to think about. I owe the festival a huge...
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The following is an excerpt from a text I am working on for my thesis: Inheritance I sit in the chair, and the music starts. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing was my favorite hymn, and despite my skepticism, it...
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Mormon Ritual Highlights the Role of the Body One of the things that I love about Mormonism is how important the body is. A physical body is so important to the Latter-day Saints that they perform physical rituals on behalf...
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In the spring issue of October Magazine, there is an article by Claire Bishop titled Outsourcing Authenticity: Delegated Performance in Contemporary Art. She writes about a shift in performance based work by visual artists. Instead of using their own bodies...
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What Gays and Mormons could learn from each other about Marginality, Exile, and the Promised Land: If there is a central story to the Book of Mormon, it is the story of a marginalized people journeying through the wilderness and...
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