Tuesday, May 15, 2012

If Seminary Videos Were Awesome

Remember Seminary videos? The variable-quality, often cheesy and yet oddly endearing clips they used to show during class to illustrate a scripture or spiritual message?


Good times there. But, thought I...what if we could have videos like that...but awesome. And so I took it upon myself to find those videos, and I now present my findings to you.


We begin with a Seminary favorite, Book of Mormon hero Captain Moroni.
Alma 48, 11-12: And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
Yes, Captain Moroni, the archetypal virtuous military leader. A man not afraid to lead his people into battle, a gifted leader and motivator. A man like this:


Yet, though Moroni's soul did not delight in bloodshed, it must be admitted that he was pretty good at it -- plus, he delivered the closest thing to a memorable one-liner you'll find in the Book of Mormon.
Alma 44:2: And now when Zerahemnah had made an end of speaking these words, Moroni returned the sword and the weapons of war, which he had received, unto Zerahemnah, saying: Behold, we will end the conflict.

The Warrior King
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I could really make a whole post about Captain Moroni and clips like this (note to self: write a blog post about Captain Moroni with violent/inspirational military clips), but moving along to another topic: betrayal.
Alma 30:60: And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.

And while we're on the unpleasant bits, we're doing our young students a disservice if we fail to impress upon them the consequences of sin and worldly living:
1 Nephi 14:15: And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth.

However, all hope is not lost, and our youth can overcome the adversary by building and maintaining righteous friendships.
Proverbs 17:17: A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Still, the devil is tricky, and we must know how to discern evil spirits, as discussed in DC 129...or, by following the example here:


And of course, we have to make time for scripture mastery:
Helaman 5:12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

3 comments:

  1. I remember a certain seminary video with three Roman soldiers being stalked by an archer in the woods. In the end, some of the soldiers take off their armor and are killed. At the time, I remember thinking that it was way cool. Having seen it again more recently, it is...less cool. But it has such potential...if it could be remade in the manner you have described, I would pay good money to see it. (Good TITHING money, right? Seminary? Right?)

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    1. I vaguely remember that one, but the one I remember best is the one of the kid putting himself on trial (he plays the defense, judge, prosecution, and witness) and the only part I found interesting was when the talked about breaking the speed limit.

      Also, in the MTC we figured out how to watch old seminary videos and now everyone knows what all my MTC comp studies consisted of.

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    2. Brett is referring to video segment for the "Armor of God" lesson in the New Testament video and I think the one Brooke is talking about is on agency and 2nd Nephi in the Book of Mormon seminary videos. This is what a good memory and a state-side mission spent primarily in boonies areas with access to church libraries on preparation day gets you.

      Also, I'm a personal fan of the three groups of kids that have to race through the maze. Don't cheat by jumping over the maze walls OR run around haphazardly without a plan. Take your time to go out of the way to climb the pillars and check your bearings. It's actually a really nice metaphor that I still like. I guess that one could be done with clips from Pan's or David Bowie's Labyrinth.

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