Likening Twilight to a Visiting Teaching Message
Last post for this month. I am sure you all have seen this Visiting Teaching Cartoon going around from 9thWardCartoons.com but I couldn’t resist posting it this month seeing as it is obviously a perfect fit with this month’s Visiting Teaching message. Could be an enhancer too, okay well maybe only for me.
[Click image to enlarge it.] Image Description (for those who can’t see the image above): 3 ladies sitting on a couch in a living room and a lamp on the right. 2 sisters are sitting close to each other and the other sister is sitting a little further away, they all have a “book” in their laps. The sister on the far left says, “This month’s message is about true love. Let’s turn to page 260 of our “Twilight” novels.”
9thWardCartoons.com has the best LDS themed cartoons. I especially love the fact that they picked page 260. Um….hello?! Edward in the sunlight. Perfect chapter. I just love “Confessions.”
Right, so I was going to tell you all how I “likened” this month’s Visiting Teaching message to Twilight. SPOILER if you haven’t read all 4 books.
Here it is:
- “Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.” (The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995) = Edward (man) & Bella (woman) were married. See Chapter 3 of Breaking Dawn.
- “As a disciple of Jesus Christ, every woman in this Church is given the responsibility for … protecting families.” (Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, “What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2007) = Bella extending her shield, using her talent/gift, to protect her family. See Page 690 of Breaking Dawn.
- “In today’s world, where Satan’s aggression against the family is so prevalent, parents must do all they can to fortify and defend their families.” (Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2005) = Bella did all that she could to fortify her family by 1) becoming a vampire in order to stay alive for her husband, Edward, and for her new baby, Renesmee, and 2) by practicing and developing her talent/gift to be able to use it against anyone who would want to harm them. Edward also did all he could to protect his family. See Book 3, pg 361 of Breaking Dawn.
- Oh and lets not forget my new favorite quote, the Twilight Movie slogan. “If you can live forever, what do you live for?” Um… Hello?! I CAN live forever and so can you. So, I will live for the chance to be with my family forever. How? By striving to obey the commandments (much easier typed than done), serving and overcoming the natural [wo]man in order to receive the gift of Eternal Life (like vampirism but way better and without all the blood and guts). What do you live for?
Well, I know I’ve probably made a complete fool of myself by actually “likening” the Twilight story to myself and the Visiting Teaching Message but that’s okay with me. I’ll always remember this month’s message. Sometimes, I just need to get creative in order to have messages stand out in my mind. How you go about it is totally up to you.
Disclaimer: If you decide to use my “likened” example of Twilight as your message (which I don’t recommend, but whatever), you do it because you agree with me or even think it’s funny and not because I told you to share it with others and of course The Church does not endorse this idea or any other ideas on this site, remember it’s just me here and I am just human (not a vampire yet).
December 2010 Visiting Teaching Gifts