Remembering

REMEMBER your noble birthright!

REMEMBER your noble birthright!

You’ll laugh, but my favorite Disney movie is the classic, “Lion King.” I see meaningful symbolism of our relationship with God through the entire film. It’s really about people. The underlying theme is, remember who you are—you are a child of noble birth. Think how the following statements relate to people. Simba was marked across his forehead at birth denoting royalty and responsibility. (We are also marked with divine heritage.) Trouble began when Simba became prideful and disobedient. (As we often do.) After his mistake, he heeded an adversarial voice intended to blame and undermine self-worth. (The adversary’s greatest tool.) Simba tried to escape conscience by lowering his standards and taking up with friends who were carefree and aimless. (A typical escape.) Though satisfying for a while, it wasn’t total escape. (Never is.) There remained a deep pining for his father and longing for his higher purpose. (We also have a deep longing for God and our higher purpose.) Simba’s father breathed these words from the heavens: “You have forgotten who you are.” (God continually whispers of our divine nature and heritage.) The last line of the film is the word, “Remember…” I want to remember my noble birthright as a child of God with divine purpose; I want to remember my covenants; remember what I have felt; remember what I have learned; remember who I want to become; remember my responsibility to serve and lead. Perhaps the most important word in the dictionary is “remember,” taught Spencer W. Kimball. “Our greatest need is to remember.” Am I the only one who sees these spiritual messages in this film?

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