Faith Column: Pinterest and the gospel
November 26, 2015
Sometimes we are just plain scared to immerse ourselves in new and different thing for any number of reasons. It doesn't really matter what it is because we can find justification to avoid trying something new. An illustration of this happened to me recently. My job in a library means that I need to come up with some creative projects to make the library a fun and welcoming place for elementary school students. The problem is that I have no inner artsy self. Nothing.
Perhaps if I had spent more time focusing on art projects in my grade school days instead of eating the paste I would be in a better position. I consider myself fairly masculine, so I have always believed that looking at Pinterest would automatically get my "man card" revoked. A site like Pinterest contains nothing but crocheting projects, blingy jeans, barn home designs and decorative wine glasses. It also has ideas for decorating elementary school libraries.
After struggling for some time to come up with Fall decorating ideas, I felt like I had no choice but to look at Pinterest. I just knew this couldn't possibly end well. The funny thing is that I found some great ideas and advice and nobody took away my "man card."
Sensing my angst about Pinterest, several coworkers pointed out to me that Pinterest is not just an artsy fartsy site, but also has ideas that are considered more masculine. Some focused searching led to me links to my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide and Dallas Stars. The same coworkers shook their heads at me at reminded me that they had told me there was nothing to be scared of. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
My fear of Pinterest is similar to the fear of the scriptures that many of us have. What are we afraid of? Learning the truth? Discovering we have been wrong or misled? Finding a testimony of the truth of the Gospel? It's easy to find excuses to avoid learning more about the Gospel, but it is amazing at how little we have to fear by doing so. No matter what we are seeking, the answers are all contained within the scriptures. James 1:5 spells it out, saying, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
It spells it out right there, telling us to put aside our fears and turn to the scriptures for the answers without being brow beaten. The answers are there and we don't have to be worried that someone is going to think less of us for seeking them out.
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We can all feel free to dig deeper into the scriptures in order to gain a better understanding of the plan of our Heavenly Father and learn how to be more Christ-like. In the meantime, I am heading back to Pinterest to find out how to Bedazzle my jeans.
Gerard Geis is a member, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Gerard Geis is a member, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Gerard Geis is a member, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.