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!

JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis – Story Truth

Several years ago, I got an article from a friend called “Stories within Stories: Finding God in The Lord of the Rings,” by Jim Ware (written for Focus on the Family, December 2001).  I’ve held onto it over the years because it spoke to me.

It begins discussing the relationship between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien (Professors from the Magdalen College, Oxford circa 1931).  They were talking about how amazing trees are, and how the word ‘tree’ falls short of expressing what a majestic thing a tree is.

Tolkien said, “Just as a word is an invention about an object of an idea, so a story can be an invention about truth.”

Now I quote from the article, “Their long talk about symbols and verbal inventions was just the beginning. Through the years, Lewis and Tolkien spent long hours refining their ideas and incorporating them into literary art in order to find ways of pouring the steaming, bubbling, heady stuff of the Real Story [that of the Savior – the Christian story] into molds of their own invented stories.”

The author discusses CS Lewis stating; “Lewis made no secret of his intentions.  He once asked himself, reflecting on the nature of God, the sufferings of Christ and other fundamental Christian truths: Supposing that by casting all these things into an imaginary world, stripping them of their stained-glass and Sunday School associations, one could make them for the first time appear in their real potency? This, he said, is exactly what he was trying to do in the Chronicles of Narnia.

About Tolkien, he wrote to a friend saying, “The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Christian work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in revision.”  Ware went on to quote from Tolkien’s authorized biographer, Humphrey Carpenter,  who stated that Tolkien’s work is that of a very religious man and that God is essential to  everything that happens in LOTR.  “Without Him, Middle earth couldn’t exist.”

Finally, the author finishes with the following: “A late night in the spring [1931] …, Lewis’ sitting room is strewn with papers books, and empty teacups, Lewis yawns and stretches.  “Tollers,” he says as Tolkien gets up to leave, “There is too little of what we like in stories.  I am afraid we shall have to try and write some ourselves.” ”

I couldn’t agree more!!!