Hi I'm Jody
My name is Jody Livingston and I am an artist...although I do art in numerous different mediums I prefer spraypaint. Thats right I am a graffiti artist and I am a Mormon. I have been involved in art as long as I can remember but I really found my own style once I started using spraypaint. As a Mormon I obviously only do legal permissioned or commissioned walls but more importantly I use this often looked down upon medium as a way to promote the gospel.
Why I am a Mormon
Like most Utah-Idaho Mormons I can say that I was "born into the Church". My parents were LDS although my father was inactive my mother was very active and made sure my siblings and I went to church every Sunday. In my early teens I quit going to church and became inactive. Although my lifestyle was was quite contrary to the churches teachings I can tell you that my beliefs in the churches teachings never faltered, not even a bit. In my early 20's I met the woman who is now my wife. She was inactive also although we both knew we needed to get back into church. We helped each other overcome our problems and issues and become active again. We both served missions around the same time (in the Bible Belt). Upon my return home we immediatly planned the wedding (although she had it planned out long before I came home). Three months after I returned home I was married. 10 years later we now have 4 Children ages 9,7,5,3 and are happily raising them in the Gospel. I can say that it was during my mission that I truly became a Mormon. I know this is supposed to happen before you go and preach the gospel but for many missionaries including myself it didn't fully happen until I served my time in the Bible Belt and had to defend my religion. I then realized the precious knowledge of the gospel that the Lord had blessed me with. I have continued my efforts to learn more and more about my Heavenly Fathers plan for me and my family as well as all his children around me. I am greatful for my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ and the wonderful plan that has been given to mankind. I am greatful for living prophets and the restored gospel and I love teaching it too. For I have truly been blessed!
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Graffiti is usually an illegal act of defacing property usually through spraypaint or other mediums. What most people don't realize is that there are places (very few) that you can legally do graffiti and practice your trade. I have been able to use this talent to turn the heads of other artists or youth who would never expect to see a Mormon graffiti artist. I can be a good example to them as well as promote my religion through this rare art form and I plan to do this in the next church art competition. So keep your eyes open for me because I'm coming!
How I live my faith
I try to live my faith by accepting whatever callings the Lord sees fit to bestow upon me. I feel this is the easy part of the Gospel. Its trying to live the Gospel in our personal daily lives that can be hard to do. I absolutly love studying the Book of Mormon and Bible (emphasis on Book of Mormon). I feel that the remenants of these people are right under our nose including the indiginous of all the American Contenients. I have spent time among the Hopi and have been studying their culture and teachings and traditional stories for the past two years and believe them to either be descendents to or heavily influenced by descendents of the Book of Mormon Lamanite and Nephite people. It is through this study that I have grown in understanding the plan of my father in Heaven. I have also seen my passion for this people influence others to feel the same way. I hope that I will be able to continue in this same manner as an ambassador for the Savior the rest of my life.