On Creativity

This is a guest post from Meg!  Meg blogs about her projects at Meg vs. The House, and about her inspiration at A Daily Drop.

Creating has been on my mind a lot lately. Perhaps it is the thousand home improvement projects on my list. Maybe it is having two little ones to feed, clothe, and entertain.  Or it could be my recently-acquired addiction to Pinterest. Whatever the cause, I was ever-so-excited for my good friends Emily to start this blog so I can follow along and try to be accountable in my creations.

I have never had any impressive artistic talent or the patience to put any such talent to use. Yet I have always felt a desire to create and a joy in doing it, and I have wondered why that is.

President Deiter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had this to say in an address to the women of the Church:

“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. . . .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? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination. . . .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.”

Full text can be read here. (Seriously, read it! This is only a snippet, and the talk is AWESOME.) Or, you can watch it here: Create

Creation is a part of our divine nature, and through it we come closer to our creator and Heavenly Father.  Now here is a little page from the book of Meg. This is not any doctrine that I’ve been taught, but maybe some food for thought. In the Book of Abraham, we read this account of the pre-mortal existence:

“Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; . . . and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born…And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;”

Abraham 3:22-25

Here are the pertinent points I take from this:

  1. Abraham and others were with God before this earthly existence. They were noble and great.
  2. These noble and great spirits went down with Jesus Christ to participate in the creation of this world.  Now to that I am going to add a few more principles that I’ve learned over the years.
  3. All of us existed before this life. We saw the creation and how lovingly the world was created for us.
  4. There were many others numbered among the “noble and great” who were reserved for this dispensation (see D&C 138, esp. v. 53-56). That very well may include any and all of us who have callings to minister during the last days (see this talk by Sheri Dew).

Now on to my theory: many of us probably participated in the creation of this world. It’s definitely not doctrine, but I don’t think it is contradicted by doctrine.

I love thinking about the world this way. You can see such a variety of beauty and personality in all of Creation—from delicate flowers to stranger-than-fiction creatures in the depths of the ocean. I can imagine different people taking interest in different parts, applying their creativity and talents, being filled with desire to become like our Heavenly Father so that we can create endlessly. And the greatest beauty is how all of those creations work together in such an intricately perfect way.

Creation, then, was part of our pre-mortal personality, and it is part of our eternal destiny (see here, for example). I think that is a huge reason why creating brings such fulfillment; it puts us in touch with the divine in us, helps us appreciate the divine in others, reminds us of our potential for the infinite, and fills us with gratitude for the infinite creations of our loving Father.

So here is to a life of creating, in whatever form our talents and passions assume.

Meg blogs about her projects at Meg vs. The House, and about her inspiration at A Daily Drop.

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