I hope most of you were privileged, as I was, to view General Conference today and yesterday. I always am interested in recurring themes in General Conference. Knowing that they never have assigned topics, it always seems to be that several talks are given on the same or very similar topics. This conference was no exception. I heard several talks on the Holy Ghost, and several on faith and following the prophet. To me, the repetition tells me it is something I ought to sit up and take notice of.
Another thing I heard several times was about our part in the continuing war against Satan's influence. I thought about this and how it applies to LDS writers. Maybe this is obvious, but it seems to me that since we are LDS and have the gifts we've been given to express our thoughts in writing, we are duty-bound to use these gifts and others we've been given to help the Lord fulfill His purposes at this time in the world's history.
The ways we can do this are many. Perhaps it is through a calling. Once I was the ward newsletter editor. My approach was that my newsletter may be the only "scriptures" some people read. So, I filled it with quotes of the prophets in addition to the other newsy items. Maybe you're asked to write a play or a poem for some local production. Maybe you will submit an article to the Church magazines. Maybe you will simply keep a journal that details how the Lord has blessed you and how you have faithfully overcome your challenges.
Maybe what you will do is provide the world with literature that is a cut above what the rest of the world has to offer. Or several cuts above. We can have great influence by spreading, through the written word, goodness and hope in a world full of evil and hopelessness.
I think we should all take the time, if we haven't already, to prayerfully find out how the Lord would have us use our talents and gifts to help Him. Isn't that the reason we have gifts in the first place?