Not only would the class be entertained with the colorful illustrations in this book, but they'd pick up some great spiritual advice, too!
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go. . . .”
Isn’t this true? Elder Nelson, in an October 2013 general conference talk entitled “Decisions for Eternity,” explained, “The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportunity for decisions for eternity.”
Sometimes our not always correct, however. And Dr. Seuss would remind us of that with the lines:
"You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left."
That sounds pretty similar to something that Lehi saw in his vision of the tree of life, when “many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads.” We all have the gift of agency to make our own decisions, but God knew we were going to make mistakes. He gave us repentance to help us be able to return to Him despite “mixing up our right and left feet” sometimes. Like the hope of the gospel, Dr. Seuss gives readers that hope as well in some of the closing lines of the book:
“And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!”
Dr. Seuss would probably point out at this point that the Lord has promised us something similar. If we have the faith to move forward in our righteous decisions, correcting our paths when necessary and always relying on the Lord:
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20)
What other gospel lessons have you learned or taught your children from Dr. Seuss? Share them below!