6 Times Dr. Seuss Taught Us the Gospel

Adults and children alike are familiar with the humorous, inventive words of Dr. Seuss, but beneath the humor there are a surprising number of gospel truths to be found.

His words make us giggle, his words make us cry. There's no place for doubt, he's one terrific guy. But whether you're a Who or a Jiggle Micpuff, his words mean much more than the regular stuff. They help us to see worlds out way far into space and remind us of principles from a heavenly place. So, we hope you enjoy and we hope you will grow from that famous Dr. Seuss who says much more than you know.

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a prime example of someone having his heart set on earthly treasures, as we phrase it in the scriptures. But when he sneaks into the village of Whoville and takes all of the presents, decorations, and toys that he thinks make the Whos happy, he learns that their happiness comes from somewhere deeper:

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store."
"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
And what happened then? Well...in Whoville they say,
That the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!”

If Dr. Seuss were our Sunday School teacher, we're sure he would use the Grinch to point out that earthly possessions are not what makes us happy in life. We are reminded in Matthew that “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” And likewise in D&C 130, we are reminded that “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.”

Let’s remember the lesson the Grinch learned and be careful how we arrange our priorities.

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