Rise of the Guradians

Believe me, I was just as surprised as my 10yo daughter when I started to cry and take notes while watching a children's movie in the theater.  But I did.  And every time I watch this movie, I still get emotional.  So, here is what I learned from Rise of the Guardians  (spoiler alert -  I highly recommend you watch the movie before you read any further):

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Lesson #1:  Find Your Center
"I bring wonder to the world, it's my center." - - Santa Clause

What is your center?  What do you bring to the world?  Jack started out the movie wondering this very thing.  "Why am I here?  What is my purpose?"  We each have a center, something only we can contribute to the world.  Even if others have our same spiritual gift, each person utilizes that gift in a different way.  So think about it a minute:  What is YOUR center?

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Lesson #2:  Discover who you Were
"How can I find out who I am without finding out who I was?"  - - Jack Frost

As Latter-day Saints we have a knowledge of our pre-existence.  This knowledge must not be taken for granted.  Imagine how your purpose here on earth would be hindered without this knowledge.  How blessed we are to know that each of us is a "beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, has a divine nature and destiny (Family: A Proclamation to the World)."  How does that knowledge help us with our current mission here on earth?  The same way knowing helped Jack:  he was able to remember who he was and what characteristics he had which led him to his center.

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Lesson 3:  The Adversary Knows You, Too
"There will always be fear." 
- - Pitch Black (the Boogyman)

Pitch Black played into Jack's fears.  He knew exactly where Jack would falter, what would make him fail, and where he was weak.  The interesting thing I'm fascinated with about this character/part is HOW the antagonist behaved.  He was cunning.  He played into Jack's weaknesses with sympathy.  He really did understand Jack's feelings of loneliness because he himself was lonely.  Watching him just helped me to see more clearly how Satan truly does want others to be "miserable like unto himself (2 Ne. 2:27)."  This is something to watch for in our own lives when we are struggling.

Lesson #4: It Just Takes One to Believe
"Do you stop believing in the moon when the sun comes up?"  - - Jack Frost

All it takes is one to believe to combat the adversary!  And the cool thing was, once Jaime believed he was able to bring others along and help them believe (see Luke 22:32).  Then, together they were able to dispel all darkness!  What struck me was this line from Jaime (talking to Pitch Black), "I believe in you, but I'm not afraid of you."   Fear verses faith, right?  It is faith and light that will release us from that hold Satan desires to have upon our hearts.  In the end, it was Black's fear of the light winning that destroyed him.

The Guardian's Oath

Will you, (name), vow to watch over the children of the world?
To guard them with your life, their hopes, their wishes, and their dreams.  For they are all that we have, all that we are, and all that we will ever be.


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