“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
–Richard L. Evans
Shadow – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor
This was painted from a photo by JustJean at WetCanvas. Jean’s
Shadow has gone on to doggie heaven and it just felt right to do this
painting for Jean.
If my computer survives the next hour without me putting a bullet
through it, my day will have improved a lot. I think it may be time to
walk away for a moment and do something fun.
Richard L. Evans is best known for his inspirational messages given
in the long-running weekly radio program “Music and the Spoken Word”
with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As a General Authority of the Mormon Church, he was one of their most senior leaders.
Evans was the last child born to John A. Evans and Florence Neslen,
for when he was only 10 weeks old his father died leaving a widow with
nine children to rear. However, with determination and a scholarship, he
sought higher education first at L.D.S. University and then at the
University of Utah. Taking time away from university study, he served as
a Mormon missionary in Great Britain from 1926 to 1929, where he acted
as associate editor of the Mormon newspaper the “Millennial Star” under
James E. Talmadge and Dr. John A. Widtsoe. In addition to gaining
journalistic skills, he also polished his speaking talents through the
experience of speaking in street meetings and even at the speaker’s
corner in Hyde Park, London. Returning to the University of Utah after
his mission, he received his BA degree in 1931 and MA degree in 1932.