10 gospel truths from Disney


The theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded on the premise that Jesus Christ restored his Church through the prophet Joseph Smith after appearing to him in vision. Gordon B. Hinckley once related the story of a man who heard this story from a bishop and described the account as “more Disney than Disney.”

“Maybe so—but it’s all true,” the bishop in the story replied.

Faithful members of the Church believe the Joseph Smith story and, incidentally, tend to be fond of Disney movies. It could be because of these gospel truths that permeate Disney and Pixar films.


1. Reach for your dreams


“Set goals that are well balanced—not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your attainable goals and work on them according to their importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Keeping Life’s Demands in Balance”


2. We all have great potential

“With all my capacity I encourage you to discover who you really are. I invite you to look beyond the daily routine of life. I urge you to discern through the Spirit your divinely given capacities. I exhort you to prayerfully make worthy choices that will lead you to realize your full potential.” —Elder Richard G. Scott, “Realize Your Full Potential”


3. Comparison is never a good idea


“This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following: Stop it!” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Merciful Obtain Mercy”


4. Family is most important


“One of the great messages of the gospel is the doctrine of the eternal nature of the family unit. We declare to the world the value and importance of family life, but much of the confusion and difficulty we find existing in the world today is being traced to the deterioration of the family. Home experiences where children are taught and trained by loving parents are diminishing.” —Elder L. Tom Perry, “Therefore I Was Taught”


5. True love lasts forever


“Every man who truly loves a woman, and every woman who truly loves a man, hopes and dreams that their companionship will last forever.” —President Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Marriage That Endures”


6. Bringing others down doesn’t elevate your standing


“Coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Laborers in the Vineyard”


7. Keep Moving Forward


“I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Remember Lot’s Wife” 


8. Anyone can change

“There is hope. Hope is linked to repentance. You can change. You can ‘come unto Christ, and be perfected in him.

9. Patience is a virtue


“Patience, that heavenly virtue, had brought to humble Saints its heaven-sent reward.” —President Thomas S. Monson, “Patience—A Heavenly Virtue”


10. We all get our happily ever after


“Most glorious of all, He offers you a gift beyond price and comprehension. Heavenly Father offers to you the greatest gift of all—eternal life—and the opportunity and infinite blessing of your own ‘happily ever after.'” —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Your Happily Ever After” 


Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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  1. AvatarBradley Johnnson Reply

    Let’s not forget the possible origins of Disney’s gospel truths from these issues. The voice of the Mirror, Mirror is that of Moroni Olson, an active member and prominent character actor. Disney music may have gospel messages. Leigh Harline a member who composed the musical score for NY Worlds Fair Mans Search for Happiness won Acad Award for “When you wish upon a star.

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