I watched Tree Of Life the other day while recuperating, and something quite moving happened to me. First off, the movie is rather dull and boring. Unless you have some sick need (like me) to watch anything and everything, skip it. Like some people it’s pretty on the outside but pointless, and now I’m getting off course.
At the 20 minute mark, there is a scene in the movie that spans the creation of the world to the present. It lasts about 15 minutes. And while it goes from the Big Bang explosion to the worlds being formed, the Earth created and plants and land forming, ‘things’ crawling out of the muck, dinosaurs roaming and meteors crashing – It was oddly religious to me. And I don’t even like Darwinism.
On my knees. That’s where I’ve been. I recently switched jobs; got back to doing what I am good at. Well, we’ll see about the good part. But the purpose of this post is too share my experience. There have been moments and even days where I have felt completely lost and unsure. Not in faith, but in life changing decisions. It’s not often I get unsure of myself. But the way some opportunities fell and others presented themselves, somethings didn’t feel right. So what did I do?
Went to the temple with my wife. Prayed about it. Now, the details of my conundrum don’t matter. What matters is that my testimony and faith in prayer has been magnified. Mentally and financially there was no way out of my perceived problem. I say perceived because, well, some of the answers I needed were revealed days later. And I mention this because I have a few friends that don’t believe what I do. And I love having those friends. But I came to a conclusion about myself through this.
I have boys as well. They are easy to take care of. You can rough house with them, smack ’em, make them do hard labor. You can also let them do anything with very little worrying on your end. The girls? Nope.
Some guy, whom I have never heard of, that works for the New York Times said something kind of mean but not really about LDS members on his own private Twitter account. Then some LDS members demanded an apology for it and they got it. So why does this piss me off? Simple – The online LDS members that are begging to be heard are making the rest of us look frivolous and thin skinned.
I look at it this way – How many times have you wanted to know more about someone or their religion that was running around saying how mean people were about it? Oh no, someone said Mormons wear magic underwear!! Who cares, we do. The pope wears a funny hat, do I need to make a public apology now? Hardly.
When picking out a movie to watch, for myself, I choose the movie based off of who wrote it, directed it, stars in it or recommended it. Since I was 13 I have never chosen to watch a movie based off of the MPAA rating. I go with what looks good to me.
While living in Utah, there was an interesting case going on about the distributors right to edit movies. Not the director or the producer or the writer. The guy selling them or renting them to you. They would cut out swear words, nudity and violence. The companies that were/still are doing this aren’t my focus. If there is a market for an item or need, people will and should use it. My question is this –
If you use these edited movies/stores, why? I am torn between my thoughts on it.
I have blessed all of my children. From their blessing day as an infant up to father and priesthood blessings. Before the first day of school this year, I gave Brighton and Boston a Father’s Blessing. I remember receiving mine from my father growing up and that perfectly clean slate starting the new year off with. I got to thinking about my first blessing I performed. It was for my son on his blessing day over 5 years ago. I started to compare it to the the other blessings since then. And just like Star Wars, the original was better.
I recently heard some one say to live your life from Left To Right. It means to build, save and grow your money responsibly; so when you order off of a menu in a restaurant during your later years you look at the menu item first, not the price. It’s a motto we should all strive to live by, and yet struggle when the actual consequences are nowhere in sight at the present.