6.08.2012

Church & Design

Hey folks. Let me tell you a story. When I was in primary as a wee little gal, there was a lady on my street who was in the primary presidency. Sis. Bradshaw always made the best handouts, fliers, and invitations. Whenever she wrote a note to my mom or wrote on anything, my sisters and I would gaze at her handwriting and analyze her perfect penmanship. 

One Sunday when I was in senior primary, she gave a lesson about the love of God. I can't remember the specifics but I remember really enjoying the lesson and feeling good. During the lesson, she gave every child in the primary a heart. It had a cute scrapbook piece of paper with a little heart pattern and then a smaller red piece of cardstock on top of it in the shape of a heart. On the top she had written, "Rebecca, somebody loves you." I was thrilled. I love handouts and I think it was the first time I really appreciated good design and something so custom and personal. She had taken the time to use really nice paper and her fabulous penmanship to write every person's name. I took it home and put it on my bulletin board, where it remains to this day. Now I am the type of person who changes the decor of my bulletin board quite regularly, but I never wanted to take the heart down. I loved the message and the reminder of God's love but I also loved the reminder that she had taken the time and effort to make something so special. 

Fast forward a few years, and I am a laurel in Young Women's. Sis. Owen is teaching the lesson about honesty. At the end of the lesson, she gave us a piece of paper that had a lovely little butterfly and floral pattern around the edges and then this quote by President Faust was center-aligned on the inside. "Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving." 
I loved it. I put it on my wall, where it also remains to this day. I think of that quote whenever I hear the word "honest" and I can repeat it without the reminder. 

When I went to college and had to decide what I wanted to study I made a big list of options. Graphic design was on the list but I didn't know if it was realistic. I never expected to get accepted into the art program, but I did. I knew it was a great fit for me and a lot of that decision was based on the graphic design I had already seen in my young life. I knew it was powerful, not just to sell a product, but to show people that something is important and it's worth putting a little extra time to make that thing look special too. A big part of my decision was based on my future ability to use my skills for the church. Not necessarily the work happening on Temple Square but more like the work in ward council. Or the smile of a relief society president who is really happy with the publicity of her event. I knew that majoring in graphic design would help me be able to serve in a unique way. 

My duties at work don't involve the process of designing something from scratch. Thus I am much more excited about my design work when I get home. In college I never had time or energy to put effort into anything design-related because I got enough of that in my school work and at my campus job. But lately I have tried to really embrace my church assignments and use my abilities to make fun things. It is great to have no critiques or reviews. They aren't amazing but I hope that the people who see them appreciate the extra effort. 







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