Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Creations...An Inspiration for my Blog

The first post to my new blog. It's hard to know what to say so I'll just begin with why I am starting this blog. President Uchtdorf, a leader in my church, gave a wonderful talk that inspired me to start this new blog (I pasted the section on creation below and hope you all enjoy it). It taught me a lot about my nature as a daughter of God. I love creating things and sharing them with others. When you share things with others it builds confidence in one's abilities. This blog will be an effort to share my "creations" with all of you. It also gives me an outlet to express and share my talents. I welcome any and all to comment and share their thoughts and advice. I would love to post links to the creations of others if you are willing to share.


"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."

5 comments:

sam said...

not weird at all! glad to know you :) just out of curiosity, how did you happen to find my blog?

James, Michelle, & Jack said...

Hey Cortney. Cute site. There are a few different ways to keep track of your traffic on your blog. I think the easiest to view at a glance is feedjit.com. It gives you live traffic and also lets you click on it to see older views.

Breanna said...

Good idea Cort. I can't wait to see all your creations!

Lei said...

What great inspiration, I too loved his talk veyr much and it was ncie to read those words again. Welcome to blogland!

Breanna said...

Cort, I thought you might like this recipe, it's very similar to the olive/cheese bread that Aunt Kathy used to make. But this one has curry in it, and I know how much you like curry:)

I haven't tried it with curry, let me know how they turn out.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Tools/Print/PrintFull.aspx?RecipeID=16969&servings=30