Today during my lunch break I watched some of the movie Moana and I was pleasantly surprised to hear some powerful gospel truths in the movie. At one point in the film Moana has reached a low point in her adventure and the person she was counting on to help her abandoned the journey. She was feeling pretty distraught, and the spirit of her grandmother comes to comfort her by helping her remember her identity and the faith of her ancestors. When Moana remembers who she is and where she came from, she is renewed with hope although physically she is alone in that moment when she emerges from the water after recovering the stone from the ocean floor. The power Moana gains from remembering her divine identity and heritage helps her press through her fears overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that await her. When we remember that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father and that we are part of a Heavenly Family, we too can receive strength as we press forward in our hope in Christ and be able to overcome the challenges in our lives. Our efforts to follow Christ can help others to come unto Christ as well, just like Moana’s perseverance inspired Maui to overcome his self-doubts and be willing to sacrifice his selfishness and fears to help overcome the mutual challenge he and Moana shared. We can also help each other in this mortal journey as we each strive to follow the Savior and change through His grace. We have each been chosen to come to this earth at this time to be tried and proven in preparation to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Our Heavenly Father believes in us and is ready to help us as we turn to Him and follow His son Jesus Christ!
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