The Work of Creation

(Excerpts from an address given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf at a Women’s Conference October 2008)

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. . .

. . . 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? . . .your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.

. . .We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy.  Our birthright. . . is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.

. . .we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. . .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. . . 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.

. . . 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.

. . . 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.

To view this conference address in its entirety, go to http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng#d

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