We Can Be Creators

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(This is an excerpt from the book The Big Picture by John Hilton III and Anthony Sweat.)

Think about this: God is the master creator, and we are supposed to become like Him. So if He is a creator, we should create things too. Several prophets have taught this principle by word and example. Nephi said, “I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores” (2 Nephi 5:15). In other words, he not only told his people to make stuff—to build things—he showed them how to create. Then he said they lived “after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27). Why would creating things make us happy?

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf offered one answer:

Creating and being compassionate are two objectives that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness. . . .

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.5

There is an inherent joy in making something out of nothing. We can create a painting, a piece of music, or put pen to paper and write. We can make furniture, make scrapbooks, make gardens, or make a meal. We can create laughter, create parties, or create memories. On the most divine level, we can create eternal marriages and families. We can all make something with the gifts and opportunities we have, and doing so will contribute to our happiness.

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5. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Happiness, Your Heritage,” Ensign, November 2008, 118.

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