The Cokeville Miracle Raises Questions about Celebrating Miracles “When We See Them”

David-DorisRm.4 (1)I recently attended a preview of the Cokeville Miracle, a new film about a real elementary school hostage crisis that took place in 1989. The Cokeville Miracle was written and directed by T.C. Christensen, who is best known for the films 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue. It is produced by Mormons but does not make overt references to the LDS faith. However, to anyone familiar with the LDS faith and culture, the Mormonism in this film will be obviously apparent.

I checked my watch in confusion when the hostage crisis ended in the film.  It didn’t seem like the movie had lasted long enough to be over yet, and it wasn’t.  The movie continues after the crisis ends, following one of the parents of the child hostages as he tries to process the horrific event.  It is refreshing to see a film probe into the aftermath of violence, instead of stopping with the action, but the transition between these two parts of the film is a little rough.  It almost seems like the film is two short films of completely different genres glued together.  The first part of the film feels like a crime/action movie, with the audience looking on omnisciently.  The last half is more like a promotional religious film, told from the perspective of one of the people affected.  The last half of the film almost feels like one person’s testimony, illustrated in video.

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June Young Women Lesson: What are the keys of the priesthood?

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Introduce the doctrine

The two primary ways by which priesthood authority is distributed are through ordination to priesthood office and through priesthood keys.

The above offices I have given unto you, and the keys thereof, for helps and for governments, for the work of the ministry and the perfecting of my saints. D&C 124:143


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Heavenly Mothers Day: My Absentee Heavenly Parent

Many women—and men—yearn for our heavenly mother.

I don’t. When I believe in her at all, I tend to resent my absentee heavenly parent, just as an abandoned child would resent an earthly parent that doesn’t communicate with her child.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has taught that “We improve our relationship with our Heavenly Father by learning of Him, by communing with Him.” Reference A

If this is how strong relationships with deity are formed, it is obvious why I don’t have a healthy relationship with my heavenly mother, if she exists. I don’t learn about her in my Sunday meetings and communing with her through prayer is expressly forbidden.

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Relief Society Lesson 9: The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion

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Is there not something deep in our hearts that longs to draw nearer to God, to be more like Him in our daily walk, to feel His presence with us constantly? If so, then the Book of Mormon will help us do so more than any other book. 15 Ezra Taft Benson

How has the Book of Mormon brought you nearer to God?

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

The major mission of the Book of Mormon, as recorded on its title page, is “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.”13 Ezra Taft Benson

It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. This is one of the reasons why we have recently added the words “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” to the title of the Book of Mormon.  14 Ezra Taft Benson

Ask the class to share some of their favorite Book of Mormon scriptures about Jesus Christ. Here are some of mine:

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