Gerald Griffin, a BYU-Idaho faculty member in the Art Department, gave the devotional address Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He spoke about the influence of culture on our lives, in what we choose and what we contribute.
He used the 13th Article of Faith as the basis of his talk. He focused on the final sentence, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
“It is the responsibility to seek the best that the world offers us, to surround ourselves with experiences and activities that defy the limits we sometimes feel regarding peer pressure or popular culture,” he said.
He related culture to food. “If we exercise little or no discretion in the choices we make, what we do for entertainment and relaxation can resemble feeding from a barnyard trough—full of things that simply reflect a world of declining morals, harsh attitudes, selfish behaviors and worthless fascination.”
He said if we choose the nourishing food, or uplifting culture we can experience a higher level of consciousness.
He refused to give a list of good movies, music, art or other cultural entertainment to pursue. He did offer three principles to live by: Remember there are those who are only interested in making money, not art. Seek quality in every form of art; take a chance on something good you’ve never experienced before; learn the differences between the subject of movies or music and the messages they send.