Though he isn't Mormon, C.S. Lewis is almost as well-known as the general authorities in the LDS church. Find out three reasons why Mormons have a special place in their talks and comments for the famous author.
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C.S. Lewis is a legend in the Mormon world. He has been quoted countless times in General Conference and in church magazines. His books are widely read by children and adults alike, but he seems to have a special niche within the Latter-day Saint community. (In fact, S. Michael Wilcox named him one of the 10 great souls he wants to meet in heaven!) We did a little digging to find out just why and came up with the top three reasons.
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Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She's always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.
Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can't—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.
My dad has always been a good man, but growing up I wanted nothing more than for my dad to be baptized. Little did I know, I would be the one to baptize him.
When I was young, I wanted nothing more than for my dad to join the Church. I grew up with the best dad in the world. For my dad, family comes first. He was raised a Baptist, and has a strong testimony of the Savior and His eternal mission.
Even though he wasn’t a member of the Church, he married one, and was fairly active in our LDS ward. He even fulfilled a few Church assignments in Scouts and other areas when asked.
Sharing My Testimony Through Example
I have the utmost respect for my dad and never wanted to disrespect him by challenging his faith with my own. At a young age I decided that the way I would share my testimony with my dad, would be through example. When it came time for me to be baptized, he was hesitant. He wanted to make sure I understood the covenant I was making before he gave me permission, but once he was satisfied, he supported me in my decision. Little did he know that his letting me be baptized would lead to his eventual conversion.
In later years, when it came time for me to serve a mission, I never had a second thought. I needed to be the best example for my dad. I knew that the Lord would bless my family while I was away, but I wondered what effect my mission would have on my dad.
Is that quote really in the scriptures? Sounds a lot like Tolkien to me...
Sometimes it’s easy to mistake inspirational quotes with scripture.
For example, “Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving” sounds like something straight out of general conference, right? Wrong. It’s from Harry Potter.
Or what about “Curiosity is not a sin . . . But we should exercise caution with our curiosity”? Nope. Also Harry Potter.
A friend of mine used this quote in his mission homecoming talk: “It’s not about how fast I get there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.”
What’s funny to me is when someone uses a profound quote from a book, song, or movie in a talk, and someone sitting next to me whispers, “Wow, that’s great!” and write it down in their notebook, along with the date, time, and location, as if the quote was just said for the very first time. I’m tempted to nudge them and say, “No, no. Miley Cyrus said it first.”
If it even vaguely sounds like a proverb, people will assume it is one, and attribute it to either the scriptures or a general authority.
“Spare the rod, spoil the child.”
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Why do Mormons love these movies so much? Read on and find out if your favorites made the list!
1. Princess Bride
Nearly every Mormon loves The Princess Bride, and if they don’t love it, they’ve at least seen it. We're not the only ones who are enamored with this true love story and its side-splitting clean comedy. We just love Westley and Buttercup and all their goofy sidekicks: Inigo, Fezzik, Miracle Max, and even the not-so-raspy-voiced albino from the Pit of Despair. Somehow the odd combination of quirky, quotable characters makes this one of the most beloved (by Mormons, at least) movies of all time.