6 Times Dr. Seuss Taught Us the Gospel

With the Story of the Sneetches

Most of us are familiar with the scripture from 1 Samuel 16:7, "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." Though it isn't put exactly that way in The Sneetches, the creatures in the book also learn the value of not judging others by their appearance. Sneetches with stars on their bellies look down on the Sneetches without them. But when a man comes with a magic machine that makes and removes stars, all of the Sneetches quickly realize that they can't keep up to each other and that the stars are not important after all: 

“I'm quite happy to say
That the Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,
The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches
And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches.
That day, all the Sneetches forgot about stars
And whether they had one, or not, upon thars.”

Just like the Sneetches, we need to remember that the Lord doesn’t love one of us more than another. We are each unique, and part of our responsibility on earth is to learn charity. In fact, President Uchtdorf reminded us in October 2009 general conference that “God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.” As we strive to remember this, each of us, like the Sneetches, can learn to live peacefully with those around us.

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