July 29-August 4 - "A Minister and a Witness"
Clinton Whiting (American, born 1979)
Letting Go (2019)
acrylic ink on panel, 24 x 54 inches (triptych)
Used with permission of the artist
“Like many artists,” writes Clinton Whiting, “I make a lot of adjustments as I work. Generally, I begin paintings with an idea of what I want to accomplish in composition and meaning. As I go, I leave corrections visible to reveal where the figures came from, to give insight about my thinking, and to show the process of creation. I adjust them with washes of gesso that partially cover ‘mistakes.” I don’t normally call them ‘mistakes,’ but rather areas that are not correct. These incorrect forms help me to see where the correct forms are.”
Throughout the book of Acts, there is a subtext not unlike the artistic concept of showing the process of a work’s creation. The apostles lead Christians in the absence of Christ, but beneath the surface of their words is the fact that they knew Him and remember Him. Still, He is present in their teachings, miracles, and leadership.
Paul said, in defending himself against accusations of sedition, "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men" (Acts 24:16). "Exercising myself" may be be another way of describing "adjustments" as explained by Whiting. How do these descriptions help with your understanding of self reflection, repentance and the process of conversion?
2. Joseph Smith, immediately prior to his martyrdom, described himself as "calm as a summer's morning; I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men" (D&C 135:4). How can repentance and weekly partaking of the sacrament bring a sense of calm to your heart despite the difficulties and hardships you face?
3. In what areas of your life have you felt the refinement of who you are occasioned by reflection and change? How is this part of the process of creation? ["Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment," Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Happiness, Your Heritage," October 2008 General Conference.]