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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Angels in the Outfield: a lesson on Word

As a kid, I watched a lot of good movies that taught me a lot about morals and what needs to be stood up for.  In particular, I loved being able to watch sports movies.  In the movie "Angels in the Outfield", a kid named Roger is given to a foster home.  Despite the kind and sweet heart of his foster mother and the friends he's been able to make with the other foster kids, Roger desperately wants to be with his father again.  When Roger asks his dad "when are we gonna be a family again?", his dad replies:

"I'd say when the Angels win the pennant."

As the plot unrolls, the embarrassing Angels, through a score of miracles and divine interventions (literally!), start making a remarkable roll towards actually winning the pennant.  Shortly before the end of the season Roger and his father meet up to settle their custody issue, and it turns out that...

...his father isn't true to his word.

Our word is important.  When we make promises we need to keep them.  The evil Lamanites, when warring with the Nephites in the Book of Mormon, would rather fight to their own destruction than make a promise of peace they weren't willing to keep (see Alma 44).  How strong is our own word to those that we give it to?

The one person we can rely on unconditionally is our Father in Heaven.  He is infinetly trustworthy.  His word is better than gold; His word is "a lamp unto [our] feet, and a light unto [our] path (Psalms 119:105)."  When we follow the word of the Lord, He makes this special promise:

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise (D&C 82:10)."

The Lord keeps His promises.  Let us put our trust in Him continually.  Let us be like him and be men and women of our word, trustworthy at all times.

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