Lovely and of Good Report

I am so proud of my kids!

We went to the movies tonight because we had passes and wanted to see BFG after finishing the book.

But that movie was already gone!

No one even threw a baby fit as we had to change movies, which is a big deal for the kids in our family.

Instead of being upset, they were able to focus on the good and get excited about a 3D movie instead.

Then, when we got ready to go in to our auditorium, they said it was broken!

We could only go to the regular movie instead.


Again, the kids were amazing, being grateful to be at the movies instead of complaining about another change of plans.

We got in to our seats on the third try, glad for a fun family night out after so many hard weeks.

The opposition, which I will write about later, has been as intense as the book release has been wonderful.  We have endured so much additional hardship and challenges and difficulties since announcing the book! We know it is because we are sharing our testimony.

Anyway, a family night out is a rare treat for us and we are exhausted, and it was a relief to get everyone seated for a fun movie date.

Except then the movie started, and it was terrible.  What was supposed to be a children’s movie was full of inappropriate sexual references, bullying, lying, and a whole lot of violence. It was really bad.

And our kids realized it!

They knew that just because it was cute, didn’t mean there was light.

They knew that just because it was funny, didn’t mean it was good.

And so we left, and they asked for their money back.

Because, they said, the prophet told us to just leave if the movie isn’t nice or good.”

Because, they said, we want to only look for “whatever is lovely and of good report”.

And so tonight, all eight of us left a movie that didn’t feel good to us, that didn’t feel like light, that didn’t feel like it was of God.

Even if it was marketed to kids, and supposed to be funny, and designed to be cute.

We were proud of them, and took them out for ice cream at McDonald’s instead.

Except the ice cream machine was broken.

Because that’s the kind of day we have had.

But it didn’t phase us.

We decided we could just play on the indoor playground, anyway.

Except it was closed for cleaning.

So instead, we sat and at chocolate chip cookies.

Because there are always chocolate chip cookies, even on the worst days.

Except Nathan and I can’t have them, but we didn’t care by that point.

The kids, though? They were brave and good and patient today, and we are proud of them.  

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Lovely and of Good Report — 6 Comments

  1. I know you can’t give us the name of the movie. Or can you? If not at least a hint so my family can avoid it too

  2. Tell the kids they are inspiring to others.

    For simple things like no movie, no 3-D, bad movie, no ice cream machine…And for all the many other more important incredible things your family has/and is going through, always think of you guys when hearing this by Elder Richard G. Scott–
    “Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain. When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this, now? What have I done to cause this? will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good…Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial?”
    Blessings to you and your family.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I thought so from the trailers I’ve seen. Sad the way children are being instructed in wrong under the guise of “cute” and for “children”. Please tell them, your little ones, they are so right and good. We need more people in the world like you and Nathan.