Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thank You Thursday

To Create-cre·ate (krē āt′; often krē′āt′)

transitive verb created -·at′ed, creating -·at′·ing
1. to cause to come into existence; bring into being; make; originate; to make or design (something requiring art, skill, invention, etc.)
2. to bring about; give rise to;
3. to invest with a new rank, function, etc.
Do you remember this talk "Happiness, Your Heritage" by President Uchtdorf last fall?

I loved every word of it. It was so uplifting and inspiring.


The Work of Creation

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.

You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”

If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.

But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy. Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.

If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.
You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano.
Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.
If you still feel incapable of creating, start small.
Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.
Nearly a century and a half ago, President Brigham Young spoke to the Saints of his day.
“There is a great work for the Saints to do,” he said. “Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations. In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ.”
The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. "


Now there is a beautiful video with the "Create" message.

If you haven't seen it...Enjoy!






today I'm thankful for the gift of creation

everyone can create

Improve, Beautify, Extend, Smile, Cultivate, Develop,

Create

12 comments:

Heather said...

I love this video - what a great post!

monstermash said...

Amazing message. Thanks!

stacey said...

Love this inspiring thought today. Thanks for sharing. The video is beautiful!

Ann Marie said...

I loved this talk also. It was actually the last talk given in RS before conference... I'm grateful we re-read all of the talks.. It seems like we always need them.

I have had to REMIND MYSELF of that quote " Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you" many times this past month..

Have a Happy Easter with your family!!

Diane said...

There are two things that always make me feel close to my Creator. One, is when I am surrounded by nature, His beautiful creation for us. The other, is when I am creating (oil painting, sewing, etc). Both of these, give me complete peace and the hours just melt away. I love this talk and how it draws the connection between The Spirit and our innate desire to create.

Andrea said...

I love that message. :)

wendy said...

I've seen that video on some other blog sites. It is pretty powerful.

Amy & Mark said...

Thank you for posting this video! It is so inspiring! I loved it!

KelleyAnne said...

Diane~ Thanks for sharing your thoughts on creativity. Beautifully said!

dreamit said...

I love this post Thanks for the beautiful message.

Dottie said...

Thanks for sharing this video...very uplifting.

Brittany said...

I also loved that talk. This post is such a beautiful tribute to creativity!