Doodling Is Not Frittering Time Away – We Are Made To Create 

Well, obviously I haven’t been writing, but it feels good to finally be creating something again. I find I start to not feel quite human when I don’t take the time to do something creative every day. Somehow I need to find a way to create at a time other than midnight-plus. I’m supposed to wake up in 4 hours, but my brain was refusing to be quiet.

Dieter F. Uctdorf said this in October 2008 and it still resonates with me today:

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.

Happiness, Your Heritage https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/happiness-your-heritage?lang=eng#p29

All this to say, here’s what I did today:


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