“The greatest poems are not yet written, nor the paintings finished. The greatest hymns and anthems of the Restoration are yet to be composed. The sublimest renditions of them are yet to be conducted… Go to, then, you who are gifted; cultivate your gift. Develop it in any of the arts and in every worthy example of them. If you have the ability and the desire, seek a career or employ your talent as an avocation or cultivate it as a hobby. But in all ways bless others with it. Set a standard of excellence. Employ it in the secular sense to every worthy advantage, but never use it profanely. Never express your gift unworthily.”
– Boyd K. Packer, February 1976
Odes and Oracles is dedicated to writing articles on modern art, poetry, music, philosophy, and memoir that will show the world the beauty, the power, and the vast importance of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our hope that what you find here will draw you nearer to the Lord, and will inspire you to publish glad tidings of peace throughout the world – for that is and ever will be the ultimate message of the Lord Jesus Christ. As His angels declared on the eve of His birth, so do we: For behold, we bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.
“Learning involves self-investment and effort. The gospel should be studied as carefully as any science. The literature of the Church must be acquired and read. Our learning should be increased in our spare time day by day. Then as we put the gospel truth to work in daily life, we will never find it wanting. We will be literate in the most important field of knowledge in the universe, knowledge for lack of which men and nations perish, in the light of which men and nations may be saved.”
– Elder Marion D. Hanks, September 1969