I love everything this university stands for and am truly honored to receive an honorary doctorate as a culminating event in my life.
Dear brothers and sisters, please fill your minds with worthy sights and sounds. Cultivate your precious gift of the Holy Ghost. Protect it as the priceless gift that it is. Carefully listen for its quiet communication. You will be spiritually stronger if you do.
The nearer we get to God, the more easily our spirits are touched by refined and beautiful things. If we could part the veil and observe our heavenly home, we would be impressed with the cultivated minds and hearts of those who so happily live there.
Art that is centered in Christ invites the Holy Ghost to be present during its creation and, again, as it is experienced by others in performance, exhibition, or publication.
Yet the true value of reading, studying, and meditating upon any scripture is to be realized only to the extent we bring both open mind and heart to the experience.
Talent in music and the arts is a gift from God. Let us glorify God and invite the Spirit into our worship through reverent music and beautiful art.
Alma Sonne tells the story of a man who understood the sacred nature of every hymn, made evident as he requests unusual selections for his funeral.