Family Is Where Happily Ever After is Found
When Disney’s latest princess installment came out, the world was gripped with Frozen fever. And there’s little wonder why. The movie is full of Disney’s characteristic wittiness and charm as well as a humor and perspective that is altogether refreshing.
Instead of following typical plotline definitions of “true love,” in Frozen we find a true love existing between two sisters who continue loving and sacrificing for each other, no matter what. Frozen is a powerful depiction of what familial love means, what it can endure, and how it can change you. And that message couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
In a world where family is viewed as a social nicety—not a divine necessity—and where marriage is viewed as a temporary convenience—not an eternal commitment—it’s encouraging to see a modern movie portraying the strength and importance of family ties.
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As Elder Perry said in his final general conference address:
“My brothers and sisters, the restored gospel centers on marriage and family. It is also on marriage and family where we can unite most with other faiths. It is around marriage and family where we will find our greatest commonality with the rest of the world. It is around marriage and family that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the greatest opportunity to be a light on the hill.
"Let me close by bearing witness (and my nine decades on this earth fully qualify me to say this) that the older I get, the more I realize that family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness” (“Why Marriage and Family Matter—Everywhere in the World,” April 2015 general conference).
Out of all our accomplishments in this life, family ties are the ones that last—not only through abominable snowmen attacks and glacial temperatures, but through time as well. When Elsa and Anna sing “For the first time in forever,” it’s no mistake they emphasize forever. Its use with phrases like “you don’t have to be afraid,” “we can face this thing together,” and “I’ll be right here” tells us that this relationship is deep and long-lasting.
And, just as it takes a sister’s love to melt both Elsa and Anna’s frozen hearts and ultimately save their lives, it takes our Brother’s love to create lasting change and provide everlasting salvation. For, with our Savior, we can overcome our fears, we can face any obstacle, and we can know that through it all, we are not alone.
In sacrificing himself to save us all, our Savior—like Anna and Olaf—teaches us that “some people are worth melting [or dying]” for, and that love is worth the sacrifice and eternal family worth the commitment.