This is one of my favorite videos. It affirms to me that those desires to create are God-given and not to be ignored. When I am creating and sharing my gifts, or even just dabbling in productive creative pursuits, I find more creative inspiration flowing to me in how to bless my family, teach them, and build relationships, too. I find myself empowered to create my family life and my home and each day more beautifully. It is very connected.
Here’s a quote from the video’s author:
“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 (see D&C 46:11–12). 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. . . . Don’t let the voices 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.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
That’s my challenge to myself and to you: Start small, start creating, and start today!