A Thing of Beauty

I got my camera back from the repair shop yesterday.  So, we celebrated with an impromptu photo shoot.

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Even though I woke up in the worst mood yesterday, this picture session cleared my mind and warmed my heart.  It made me think of this quote:

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—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.

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.

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.

Taken from an address by Dieter Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the LDS church, on creativity.

There’s also a video you can watch HERE.

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  1. Johanna,
    The kids are looking so grown! I loved seeing these pics. I hope all is going well and you’re getting settled. I’m in YW again and miss you every week! Emily

    1. Emily! We’re so far from settled, it’s scary. It’s so good to hear from you though! I’m not surprised you’re in YW again. You were too good to let go. 🙂 Miss you bunches. Let’s catch up when you have a minute!

  2. Johanna! WOW! You are so talented. I need to learn your skills. You also have the cutest kids around! Love your little fam so much! And I loved this quote. Thanks for sharing

  3. Of course it was impromptu but looks amazing!!
    And cute dress for Miss D. Is that a new one?? Also, is this the park by M’s house or the yard? I am loving my photos around my house, I get compliments on them all the time. 🙂

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