Mormon Messages Channel

When I was young, my Dad had a projector that he would haul out for FHE (as I mentioned in the previous post).  We watched shows like;

  • Man’s Search for Happiness
  • Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts
  • One
  • Johnny Lingo
  • The First Vision
  • The Restoration

I loved them.  Each one had a profound effect on me.

For example, in Worthy Music Worthy Thoughts, then Elder Boyd K. Packer talked about our minds being a stage and that thoughts were players on that stage.  If we didn’t want certain thoughts to be on that stage, then all that we needed to do was to banish those players and put new, good thoughts on stage.  He stated that we are the ones in control of what is played out on the stage of our minds.  That idea was brilliant, and has helped me through out my life.

The problem is, there is no projector now that I am raising my own kids (plus, I’m sure that the films are quite out-dated).  How do I give them the rich, gospel, media experience that I treasured?

Enter, youtube – the LDS page with Mormon Messages.  I have an app on my phone for The Mormon Channel, and it comes with those Mormon Messages Videos available on the phone.

On Sunday, my daughter (age 6) found those videos, and was mesmerized.

The one that she loved the most was this –

She watched it repeatedly, and then wanted me to watch it with her.

I’m not sure whether she was fascinated by the gospel teachings, or the desire never to wear flip-flops again. 🙂  Either way, I really believe that media is a powerful tool that can be used to teach these children (that are in a media-saturated society) ideas and principles that can help guide them.

Now, if only I can find the movie – The Phone Call.

Ukraine Temple Dedication and Cultural Celebration

Isaiah 2:2-3 – I went on my mission to Bulgaria and I was so touched by this video.  I wept, and wept, and my two-year-old kept saying “it’s okay Mommy, don’t cry!”  I couldn’t help it.  Seeing the youth gathered like that, excited about both their cultural and Spiritual heritage.   Listening to the languages, hearing their testimonies, and seeing my Bulgarians both talking and dancing was so special.

There were four comments that really touched me;

  • A sister, Ol’ya,  from Belarus  said, “We would like to show that Belarus exists, that this country, though isolated, still has members” (2 Nephi 26: 25, 33).
  • A brother, Mahksad, from Kazakhstan said, “I want him [the prophet that would come to the cultural celebration] to see that there are youth, that there is a rising generation in the Church that can be relied on, that the Church can continue to build on the new generations, because we’re pioneers in our countries” (1 Nephi 13:37, 1 Nephi 14: 1,8, 14).
  • A sister, Liza,  from the Ukraine said, “This is a clear gathering of Israel” (1 Nephi 10:14).

  • During part of the dedication, President Monson said, “It’s your temple now, and in a few minutes we’re going to give it to the Lord.  Then you will come to His temple, and His Spirit will come to you” (Doc & Cov 97:15-16).

What an amazing time to be living in!

Begin a life’s quest for goodness

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I’ve  just set up a new page with talks that are about Culture and the Arts. For a long time now, I’ve been influenced by a quote by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, (Conference Report April 1992) –

“We can fill our lives with good.  We have so much good from which to choose that we need never partake of evil.”

I think that there is much good that needs to be sought out and created by members of the church.  I’ve started with music, books, and movies.  If it does not in some way lift and inspire us to become better people, I just don’t want to spend precious time dollars on it.

Another quote that I keep with me is something that my Dad said –

“In any sane society, the role of the artist is to reach through the veil, grasp a piece of the celestial culture and bring it into our telestial world.  Anything less risks mediocrity in the quest for excellence.”

He’s such a wise man.  Here’s another –

“Satan is the great usurper of the Arts. We cannot let him run rampant in such a powerful medium.”

It is up to us then, to gather and to create things of quality and beauty.  We cannot allow others to be the engineers of culture because the trend to “call evil good, and good evil”  (Isa. 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20)  is prevalent and will destroy that which has the power to edify and bring our society to the higher plane.