Focus and Priestcraft
It may seem like an odd combination, Focus and priestcraft, but the one got me thinking about the other. Focus NY is PPSNYS’ annual convention. Priestcraft, as defined in the Book of Mormon is receiving money for preaching for the sole purpose of getting gain and popularity.
Outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, priestcraft is seen as something entirely different. The diction basically defines it as what priests do. Well, by the Book of Mormon definition, priest in other churches engage in priestcraft — not all, but many. They get paid, and the more popular they are, the more they get paid.
What Got Me Thinking
What got me thinking is this… if a professional photographer spends more time on the road speaking to other photographers, creates most of their images at the workshops they teach at, and are in the business of being popular by making people feel good… I guess that fits the definition.
Here’s how the Book of Mormon defines it, “He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.”
When I pointed this scripture out to my wife, she commented that Oprah Winfrey fits that definition. I have to agree. There are many others too.
It wasn’t all the speakers at Focus NY that gave me this impression — just one. I intentionally didn’t go to one of their programs, but chose the alternative because I remember the last time I heard them speak I had an uneasy feeling. I couldn’t remember why, I just remembered that I did.
Then, there came a point when there wasn’t a choice, and so I went, and now I remember why… it was more of a sermon than a photographic presentation, and a lot about that person.
I just went to their website to read about their workshops. It uses words like “nourish”, “spirit”, “meditation”, etc. The page confirms the impressions I got, and why I get a cold feeling around this person.
I attended Focus NY to learn about my trade, and not for a substitute for religion. I’m a deeply religious and spiritual person (and the two go hand-in-hand because you cannot have one without the other.) So, what did I learn?
From Michael Mowbray I learned more things I can do with my MoLights, and I can’t wait to try them out.
From Rick Friedman I learned that I should buy a roll of cinefoil. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet, but after watching his presentation, I need to buy a roll.
From Marilyn Sholin I learned ideas to market my art.
From all the others rolled together, I picked up a few ideas here and there. Rick Friedman’s presentation impressed me the most. He’s a master of manipulating light.