Uchtdorf on Emulating God's Creation and Compassion
27 September 2008 (updated 5 January 2021)
On my way out to a soccer game, my wife anxiously showed me some clips of Dieter Uchtdorf, in the First Presidency of the LDS Church, speaking to the Relief Society. He expressed some simple powerful ideas that merit regular emphasis:
1) Two primary characteristics of God are creation and compassion.
2) We worship through emulation, which need not pretend to perfection.
Imagine the practical consequences of such ideas, deeply internalized in the hearts and minds of a community. My children can understand and act on this: we teach of a God that loves and works to make better worlds, and we should try to do the same. Below are a full recording and a link to a transcript of the talk.