Yesterday, I was reading a Legend of Zelda guidebook to my son. He looks at it for hours every day. No joke, hours. He has only actually played the game twice.
So I am currently spending my time reading to my son exactly how to defeat bokoblins and moldugas and our pretend play is centered around finding the master sword in the Great Hyrule forest.
I’ve never had the privilege of reading a video game guidebook before now. And at first, I couldn’t believe that the guidebook tells you everything you could ever need to know to win the game.
It seemed to kind of defeat the point of playing.
But, you know I can’t pass up a good gospel analogy when I see one. I closed the book yesterday and told my son,
“Isn’t this book amazing? It tells you exactly what you need to do to defeat the enemies. It’s incredible! Everything you need is right here!”
….insert me holding up the scriptures.
“And guess what? In the life, we have a guidebook, too. It gives us all the directions, step by step, of how to defeat our enemy and do all the things we need to do to get home. Now that is truly incredible!”
D&C 84: 44-47 states,
“Give diligent heed to the words of eternal life. […] For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.
“For the word of the Lord is truth. […] And every one that hearkeneth to [it] cometh unto God.”
As we dive in and dive deep, we will learn how to live!
The importance of our guidebook cannot be overstated— “however diligent we are in other areas, certain blessings are only to be found in the scriptures.” (Ezra Taft Benson)
So if you need to power up, there is a book for that.
If you need to defeat an enemy, there’s a book for that.
If you are lost, there’s a book for that.
If you feel stuck, there’s a book for that.
Everything you need is right there.
Give heed and live.
Or, as the wise old unnamed hermit in Zelda would say, “it’s dangerous to go alone, take this.” [insert scriptures.]