6 Times Dr. Seuss Taught Us the Gospel

Through Thidwick the Moose 

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose tells the story of a moose who is too big-hearted to say no. It begins with Thidwick roaming around Lake Winna-Bango when a bug lands on his antlers and asks for ride. Thidwick allows the bug to stay, but the bug soon invites a tree spider, a Zinna-zo bird, the Zinna-zo bird’s wife, a woodpecker, Herman the squirrel and his family, a bobcat, a turtle, a fox, and their fleas, a bear, and 362 bees to join. Soon, Thidwick is carrying an awful weight and being chased by hunters, all because he couldn’t say no to the bug.

"But I’m a good sport, so I’ll just let him rest,
For a host, above all, must be nice to his guest.”

It can be easy to accept a task when it's so small and insignificant. Soon, though, we can find ourselves overburdened with not only our own struggles, but the struggles of others because we are seeking to be helpful. Always remember that we, like Thidwick, can shed ourselves of our burdens and place them on the Lord.

The Savior invites us to "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28-30).

We can always keep ourselves big-hearted and strive to help others; we just need to remember that we don't have to keep our burdens and struggles all to ourselves.

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