Once there was a Snowman

(Aaron’s Note:  My son wrote this for Church.  He delivered this talk during worship service in front of about 200 people. He based it on a children’s song called “Once There was a Snowman.”  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwhSDJH8czM Using the image of a snowman melting, he crafted an interesting sermon on how to learn from parents and grow strong in the Lord. He then gave ideas on how to make a new, stronger snowman.  This talk is full of symbolism and actually engaged the little children as well as the adults present. Mind you, he is only 13 years old.)

Snow Talk…. by Justin Deason, age 13

Once there was a snowman.  He was very tall.  In the sun, he melted…small… small… small. 

Life was great when it was cold outside.  Life was easy when it was cold outside.  Life was not a challenge when it was cold outside.  It was not until the sun came out that he had to figure out HOW to be a snowman.  Being a snowman is harder once said snowman is melting.  The challenge is to stop the melting and become tall again.

What would keep the snowman from growing tall?  I can think of two things:

  1. Heat.
  2. Being outside. 

First, let’s talk about Biblical heat.  I read those who sin are cast into a fiery pit of brimstone.  That does not sound too fun.  King Benjamin told his people:

I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are …so many that I cannot number them.  But I…can tell you,…watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God…and perish not (Mosiah 4:29- 30).

Our snowman would need to learn how to get out of the heat and use it for growth.  My dad told me how silver is refined.  The bad silver is placed in a 1200-degree oven and melted.  The impurities burn away.  Is the silver pure now?  NO.  The refiner must melt time after time… repeating as many as 20 times. 

How does the refiner know it is pure?  He can see his image in it.  Sometimes a little fire isn’t so bad.  It is meant to purify us. 

How do we learn to be closer to the Lord?  Lehi saw the Tree of Life and taught his family.  Nephi believed his father’s words and had the same experience.  Nephi received an interpretation of the vision.  Laman and Lemuel could not “understand the words which (their) father spoke” (1 Nephi 15:7).  Nephi offers simple counsel, “Have ye inquired of the Lord?”  (1 Nephi 15:8). 

I found out “inquired” means to seek information.  My mother told me stories from her mission.  She would teach people about the Book of Mormon.  She told me that investigators could find truth, if they had a true desire.  Moroni tells us to, “read these things (meaning the scriptures)…ponder it in your hearts…and ask God, if these things are true.  He will manifest the truth of it …by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:3-5). 

But how does one recognize the Holy Ghost?  Paul reminds us, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace…”  (Galatians 5:22-25).  In a revelation to Joseph Smith, the Lord said, “if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right” (Doctrines and Covenants 9:8).  This is awesome.  I can know truth, and it is not that difficult to recognize. 

Being outside is the second problem facing our snowman.  The simple answer is to NOT be outside.  Outside would be, as Alma taught his son, outside of the gospel.  He told Corianton those outside “would be cast into outer darkness; where there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.”  (Alma 40:13).  It sounds a lot like being at a birthday party where someone drops the cake.  And that, Brothers and Sisters, does not sound like fun at all.  So, if you are outside…get back inside!  My grandmother always told my dad, “Straighten up and fly right!” 

NoImagew that we know about how heat actually helps and how to avoid being outside the Gospel, let’s look at how is snow formed; so, we can build our snowman again.

Snow starts out as a tiny fleck of dust, which gathers a little moisture and starts to fall from the cloud. As the snowflake falls to the ground, it may pass through surface air that is warmer or cooler.  Each time, melting and refreezing will take place, until it finally reaches the ground.

This melting and refreezing process sounds a lot like the refiner’s fire, doesn’t it? 

Let’s look at our snowman from another angle, now.  Once there was a snowman tall, tall, tall…  He was proud and sinful.  In the sun he melted…he had to be tested and refined… small, small, small… Alma again teaches, “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).  Our snowman built his testimony. 

 Unlike our first snowman, he realized the Son…  S-O-N, or the gospel of Jesus Christ, was a way to grow taller in the end.  May we all become taller each day through living Gospel principles.

2 Responses to “Once there was a Snowman”
  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW!! That is great. Can I use it when I have to give a talk? You both must ber VERY proud of him. I am, he is an awesome young man/


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