In the Church, we often struggle with the idea of perfection. The Savior's command to "be ye therefore perfect" is a tall order. And in the age of Instagram and Pinterest—where everything is cropped and photoshopped to "perfection"—it might seem like perfection is far beyond our grasp.
In this powerful video created by Seth Adam Smith, LDS artist Liz Lemon Swindle shares how becoming terribly ill while painting Jesus Christ's suffering in Gethsemane deepened her understanding of our Heavenly Father and Savior's love. In addition, she recounts a discussion she had with Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was then diagnosed with cancer, that changed her understanding of the Atonement.
Like many of you, I have been disturbed and disheartened by recent headlines. I worry about the future and I wonder if there is anything I can do to make this world a better place. But the world, it seems, is riddled with problems. I often feel overwhelmed just thinking about all the things I maybe could and should do.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, but for many, it can be a time of intense depression. Seth Adam Smith, author of Marriage Isn't for You and the new novel, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern, shares some of the most helpful LDS resources he's found to help him manage his longtime battle with depression.