Frozen meets the Gospel. That’s right. I went there.
I came out on my mission in January. Which means I’m one of the lucky missionaries who got to see Frozen before I came out. It also means I’m one of those annoying companions who sings the soundtrack all of the time, constantly reminding you that I’ve seen it, and you haven’t. I’m sorry. I can’t help it. When you go home and see it, you’ll understand Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you’ve probably heard the songs from it. Maybe not by choice, but I don’t think you can escape it. Even as a missionary, I’ve heard the songs from the movie over and over again out here. Little kids, especially, little girls are always singing them. Teenagers sing them. Moms (and dads) sing them. Cashiers sing them. Mail men sing them. Sometimes you even catch missionaries singing them *cough cough*. All of the people sing Frozen, and from what I’ve experienced, it’s usually one certain song that gets sung/heard more often than the others. Can you guess which one I’m thinking of (and now singing in my head)? I’ll give you a clue:
“…don’t let them in, don’t let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be! Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them know. Well now they know!!! LET IT GO! Let it go! Don’t hold it back anymore!! Let it g-“
Ok I’m done. If that didn’t give it away than I don’t know what will. Either you’ve done a really good job at avoiding Frozen, or I really got the lyrics wrong (Which is a very high possibility). Anyways, I think I’m safe to say that “Let it Go” is the most popular song from the movie. Which I think is fair–It’s catchy. And I love the message that it gives us, “Let it go.” In life, we all have trials. If you don’t believe me, just ask me. Or just look around. Life isn’t perfect. Life is hard. If it was easy, we wouldn’t ever learn or grow. Life would be pointless. Trials are a great thing, they’re not always fun, I mean, they’re called “trials” for a reason, but they make us strong. The real hard part about trials is when we let them consume us. When we hold them in instead of letting them go. How many of you have done this? Maybe it’s just me, but I do this a lot. I focus on my trials. I focus on those hard things that I’m going through, and when I do, I end up making my life harder than it already is. I try to bury those hard things deep within me and not let anyone else know that I’m having a hard time. Just like Elsa puts on her gloves and stays in her room to try to hide her “problem”, I think we do that too. We hide our problems and pretend they’re not there. And we don’t let anyone help us. We try to figure things out all on our own. Why is it so hard for us to ask for help, and to accept it? Can you imagine how much happier Elsa would’ve been if she opened the door when Anna asked her if she wanted to build a snowman? Maybe that wouldn’t have made her problem go away, but I think she would’ve been a lot happier. I mean, who isn’t happy when they’re building a snowman and riding their bikes around the hall? I think that Anna could’ve helped her get through it. Just like Anna wanted to spend time with Elsa and help her out, there’s someone in each of our lives who is constantly wanting to help us. Who is knocking on each of our doors, waiting for us to answer. In Revelations 3:20 it says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Christ is constantly waiting to help us. He’s the only one who knows how to give us the help we truly need in this life. He’s been through everything that each of us has been through, or will ever go through, and he knows how to overcome those hard things. He’s already done it. I love the part of the movie when Elsa runs away. You know what scene I’m talking about. It’s the song I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Let it go. Elsa is scared. But she soon realizes that she can’t let her problem control her anymore. She decides to let it go. And I love how throughout the song, the more she lets go, the happier she becomes. God has commanded us to “let it go”. And by “it” I mean those hard things that we go through in life. In John 14:27 Christ says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” Christ doesn’t say, “bury it deep” or “keep it to yourself”. But he says to let our hearts rest. Don’t be afraid. Have peace. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a latter-day apostle, spoke about this scripture in a devotional. It’s kind of a long quote, but I love every word of it. He said,
“I submit to you, that may be one of the Savior’s commandments that is…almost universally disobeyed; and yet I wonder whether our resistance to this invitation could be any more grievous to the Lord’s merciful heart. I can tell you this as a parent: as concerned as I would be if somewhere in their lives one of my children were seriously troubled or unhappy or disobedient, nevertheless I would be infinitely more devastated if I felt that at such a time that child could not trust me to help or thought his or her interest was unimportant to me or unsafe in my care. In that same spirit, I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior of the world when he finds that his people do not feel confident in his care or secure in his hands or trust in his commandments. Just because God is God, just because Christ is Christ, they cannot do other than care for us and bless us and help us if we will but come unto them, approaching their throne of grace in meekness and lowliness of heart. They can’t help but bless us. They have to. It is their nature…There is not a single loophole or curveball or open trench to fall into for the man or woman who walks the path that Christ walks. When he says, “Come, follow me” (Luke 18:22), he means that he knows where the quicksand is and where the thorns are and the best way to handle the slippery slope near the summit of our personal mountains. He knows it all, and he knows the way. He is the way.”
I know that that’s true for me, I break that commandment all the time. Which is really sad, because Christ wants to help us. He loves us. That’s why he died for us. He knows how we can feel peace and he knows how we can be happy. He doesn’t want us to be selfish and keep our trials to ourselves, but he wants us to give them to him. To let them go, and let him help us. So how do we do this? Is it by running up the mountain while singing a song and building a castle out of ice? In my experience, that doesn’t really do it. And even though the cold never bothered Elsa, it sure bothers me. I think the best way to really let it go, to really come unto Christ, is to pray. I know that’s a simple answer, and it’s usually the answer to everything, but it works. Especially when it comes to those things that we have little or no control over. Since I’ve been out here, I’ve gone through some really hard things. Hard companions. Hard areas. Hard rules. Getting sick. Companions getting sick. And even people dying. There are some things on missions, or in life, that are just hard. But what’s given me the most help out here isn’t singing a song while building an ice castle, but turning to God. Praying to him and asking for strength and help. Accepting that I can’t do everything on my own, and that I need him to help me get through it. Praying for help. And then accepting the help he tries to send me. Whether it be something that I can do, or something that I need someone else to do for me. I know, for me, most of the time God answers my prayers through other people. So here’s my challenge to you. If you haven’t seen a Frozen, go watch it. If you can’t tell, I’m a fan. But before you watch it, think about your life. Think about those challenges that you’re going through, whether they be big or small, and pray about them. Let go and let God. Ask him for help, and then accept the help he sends to you, whatever that may be. Help might not come instantly, or in the way you expect, but it will come. God loves you. Christ loves you. They’re on your team, they’re your coaches, they know what you need. And they’ll give it to you. You just have to ask.