This holiday, I will spend my time sharing a beautiful message of life and family as I will debut in my first musical, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Today in my blog, you may hear a bell ring as you read some parallelisms I have drawn from several metaphors in this wonderful musical.
There is a spirit within this story that draws me closer to my grandparents. The era was the 1920’s which was their glory days and all my fun props belonged to my grandmothers. There are many parallels between the Bailey family and my own families back then: their days were not always glorious as they experienced war and the great depression. Both my grandmothers were entrepreneurs, learning the value of hard work, and though they made sacrifices that affected their health, their marriages and their offspring for both good and bad, they knew how to survive the storms of life and were successful business women. Their hard work equaled a richer life for me not only financially but physically being able to spend time with them. The flame that burned inside my grandparents was given to them from their progenitors and has been passed down to me, with hopes I would kindle and emanate it to my posterity.
There is a bridge used in the musical that acts as a great metaphor in life. Ironically, George is about to jump over and end his life because he forgot about the most important things in life; his family. This scene reminds us that we are connected to one another, that we need our families to enter mortality and because of them and their wisdom given to us, we can take the best and easiest path to get from one side of life to the other. Keeping our grandparent’s memories alive stands like a bridge in history, connecting one generation to another.
Throughout history, in every dispensation of time, the Lord has commanded prophets that temples should be built so that His people could receive temple ordinances. The Kirtland Temple was the first temple in these latter days, and it played an important role in the restoration of priesthood keys. The Savior appeared in glory and accepted the Kirtland Temple as His house. On that occasion Moses, Elias, and Elijah each appeared to commit to Joseph Smith the keys held from their dispensations. Elijah restored the keys of his dispensation as promised by Malachi so that we could enjoy the blessings of the temple in our lives. (See D&C 110.)
The Lord Appears in the Kirtland Temple, by Del Parson
The congregation heard an address by Sidney Rigdon, a counselor in the First Presidency, and then joined together to sing “Now Let Us Rejoice” and “Adam-ondi-Ahman,” written by William W. Phelps. Joseph Smith then rose to offer the dedicatory prayer, which he had received by revelation. In the prayer, he described many of the remarkable blessings that are bestowed upon those who come in worthiness to God’s temples (see D&C 109). The choir sang “The Spirit of God,” and the congregation then stood and gave the Hosanna Shout “with such power as seemed almost sufficient to raise the roof from the building.”1
“Let thy house be filled,” the Prophet said in the dedicatory prayer, “as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory” (D&C 109:37). This was literally fulfilled, for many Saints testified that heavenly beings were present during the dedication service. Eliza R. Snow recalled: “The ceremonies of that dedication may be rehearsed, but no mortal language can describe the heavenly manifestations of that memorable day. Angels appeared to some, while a sense of divine presence was realized by all present, and each heart was filled with ‘joy inexpressible and full of glory’ [see 1 Peter 1:8].”2
I can honestly say nearly every being on earth loves his family and desires a wonderful life not only now but for eternity. One of the greatest truths in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that families can be together forever. Today, the youth have received their torches from their parents and are burning their lights bright like never before in history by assisting in temple work. Their love of family and the importance of keeping them strong is like a force of millions of soldiers fighting the greatest battle against Satan the world has ever known: https://www.lds.org/youth/video/the-spirit-of-elijah?lang=eng