How a Comic Strengthened My Testimony

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The Holy Ghost is great at teaching lessons when we don’t expect it. He helps us to absorb knowledge during talks and when we hear church leaders speak, but I’ve noticed that he can also teach and build our testimonies in unexpected ways and places. The Holy Ghost was able to teach me about the plan of salvation through the comic/cartoon “Dragon Ball Z”.

Dragon Ball has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity or anything gospel related, but the Holy Ghost was able to see that the immense amount of time I was spending reading about Goku. The Spirit knew these adventures could become a way to teach me gospel truths I didn’t yet fully understand.

Dragon Ball Z is a story about Goku, a legendary warrior from the extinct race of aliens known as Saiyans. They can activate a form called “Super Saiyan”, which makes them extremely powerful and it also makes their hair golden and spiky. Goku and his friends defend the earth from extremely evil aliens, or whatever happens to be trying to destroy earth at the time. In the story, characters die a lot, but it’s never really sad at all because as soon as a character dies, you instantly see them in the afterlife. They’re able to be resurrected through magical objects called the “Dragon Balls”… but I digress.

Normally, when a character dies in a narrative, it’s really sad, but seeing them frolicking through heaven afterwards makes it almost happy. When the characters are in the afterlife, there’s always more training and adventures to be had. This made me look at death as a beginning, not an end. Leaving this earth is the start of a grand adventure in the next life.

The paradigm that Dragon Ball Z has taught me fills me with hope and makes me more positive in general. I know that it was written with no intent of strengthening testimonies of Christ, but any medium is capable of becoming a tool when it is used by the Holy Ghost. This lesson that the Holy Ghost has made me think differently about entertainment. The Godhead is hard at work to keep us on the straight and narrow—so recognize when they are prompting and inspiring you. Moses 6:36 puts all of this clearly, “And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.”


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