For this I tell you truly, that without the presence of man in the world far beyond,
there can be no beauty found; and though all things would continue in their place,
according to their several natures, still would they, of themselves, possess neither
beauty nor grace.
And though the creations of the natural world would continue to move and stir about
in the midst of all their lives together, still would there be no mind to perceive,
or heart to conceive….
Thus have you spoken falsely concerning the beauty of all natural things, seeing
that without the presence of man there can be nothing beautiful or wondrous, seeing
that without mind all things must continue in their aloneness, having neither meaning
nor purpose, but life only.
~ 2nd Endowment 10:38-39,42
For beauty is the mother of dreams and visions, and intuitions, seducing through
the senses the heart of every child, causing that every man and every woman should
seek the ways of beauty, perchance themselves to touch or see, hear or feel the beauty
that is God, being themselves lead away from the grip of common woe, to dress the
heart with joy.
~ 4th Endowment 6:48
If then you would know what is true and worthy of acceptance, then look for that
which is beautiful and filled with rich delight, and in its shadow shall you find
the truth which is born of God.
For it is in beauty that God would reveal the joy and mystery of heavenly things,
causing that when you should hear and see and touch with the heart, even then does
your spirit leap within at the sound of it.
Revealing in your very mind the presence of truth and beauty together mingled as
lovers midst kiss and fiery breath, being made as one in the mansions of your soul,
to draw you even closer to the heart of God whereby you might find some sweet communion
which would lead you on.
~ 4th Endowment 18:35-37
For this I tell you, as if from God above, that beauty is born of love and passion;
and if these two be constrained through the teachings of men, to become as filled
with guilt and shame, then does the beauty of your life slip and fade away, to leave
you empty and alone.
~ 4th Endowment 26:65
22. Consider then the intent and purpose of all things beautiful, for in the presence
of beauty do you glimpse again your truer selves, to stand revealed in light and
glory, clothed in many wonders too great for mortal men; touching in such fleeting
moments the Heaven in your soul, reclaiming within yourselves the eternal and divine.
23. Be you, therefore, wise and deeply knowing, for the purpose of beauty is revelation,
revealing to the eyes which see, the truth which comes from God; lifting up the heart
and soul, to fill you up with wonder and delight, to lift you up with awe.
24. Thus in beauty do you look beyond the thinness of your lives, to see beyond the
shadows, to where the light most brightly shines, to feel again with tender hearts
the beauty of your former state when first in Heaven you did dwell beside the throne
25. Consider then, such arts as you do practice, to fashion with your hands the beauty
of created things, reflecting through the objects of your crafts, the beauty you
see and feel and hear and touch.
26. Being hopeful that others might likewise see and in their hearts be lifted up;
to see in themselves the beauty reflected through the many arts of man.
27. Becoming in themselves as one awakened from a long and slumbering sleep, in which
sleep they do but dream; becoming in their minds filled with the vagueness of half
remembered things of yet some other world, when first they dwelt in Heaven.
28. But in the beauty of art, do they find revealed the beauty of themselves; becoming
themselves as one inspired and ennobled before the eyes of men, to become themselves
enraptured and carried away to still some higher plain.
29. Standing forth as one awakened and revived, letting go, in the presence of beauty,
of such petty dreams as they do dream in the world of mortal life; to find themselves
made richer still by the beauty of their lives.
~ 4th Endowment 27:22-29
32. For the life which has no beauty is a hard and burdensome thing, filling up the
mind with darkness and despair, wearing down the mind through oppressions of every
kind; for where there is no beauty there is no hope or joy; causing that the one
afflicted should prove themselves as one impoverished even in the midst of worldly
33. How then is beauty made to dwell in those who live? By what means is it brought
forth? How nurtured, how enlivened? For the life of every man and every woman is
made complex and filled with burdens, possessing in each life many and sundry facets.
34. For this you know yourselves full well: that in the owning of art is no man’s
life made beautiful, for there are many who have cluttered their life with such art
as men do make; but notwithstanding so great a prize, still are they themselves made
empty of beauty and filled with quiet despair.
35. Hear then this mystery and in your soul prove wise and truly knowing: For beauty
is the song which truth would sing, to draw you closer unto God through many revelations;
always reflecting in its depths the truth of who you are.
36. For even the whole creation does reflect the beauty which dwells in God, which
beauty we behold with aching wonder, causing that we should yearn for a beauty of
our own; for God is the creator of all you see, and if you are the children of God,
then are you made to become as creators also.
37. Create, therefore, of your very life, a beauty all your own, filled with grace
and wonder, causing that even your own children should gasp in amazement at the very
joy of it and yearn themselves to likewise do; to prove themselves in their maturity,
as the masters and creators of their own life, filled with beauty.
38. How then is there fashioned through all your life the rule of beauty, causing
that even every facet of mortal life should become itself an art filled with wonder,
being itself revealed within yourselves and within your homes, and throughout your
39. For except there be beauty in your life, how then shall you hear the song which
God would sing within your soul, to know for yourself the truth which God would speak
within the mind, to fill you up to overflowing with divine and wondrous things?
40. For beauty is the mother of dreams and visions and intuition, seducing through
the senses of the flesh the heart of every child; causing that every man and every
woman should seek the ways of beauty, perchance themselves to touch or see, hear
or feel the beauty that is God, being themselves lead away from the grip of common
woe, to dress the heart with joy.
~ 4th Endowment 27:32-40
…for in God alone shall you find the beauty of yourselves.
~ 4th Endowment 28:5
Know then and be you wise in the conduct of your life, for the beauty you seek is
never seen through unhappy eyes; seek then the joy of others and you yourself will
find abundant joy, casting up before your eyes the beauty that you seek.
~ 4th Endowment 28:8
For what is beauty except the shadow of God and Heaven cast down upon the earth,
seeking by its very presence to fill you up with wonder and sweet delight, offering
up through efforts of your own, the richness of God and mortal life.