Monday, June 13, 2011

More Than Meets the Eye

So, what are Transformers? Well, if you're a child of the '80s or '90s, you're going to have a different answer than if you work for the Electric Company. And, if you're a child of the '80s, Electric Company is going to have a different meaning, also. Well, for the truly knowledgeable, a transformer is a device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another through inductively coupled conductors- the transformer's coil. But, of course, you know me and that I'm a nerd, and will obviously be talking about another kind of Transformer... The robot in disguise kind. I about kicked myself the other day when I realized that I have not written a blog about Transformers... and as far as I know, neither has anyone else, so I had to write this ASAP to make sure I get it done first. Go me! So, we all know the classic line explaining Transformers: "Transformers, more than meets the eye." When people look and see a big ol' semi-truck, or a regular car, or an airplane, or whatever they may be, they don't think anything of it. Same old stuff, nothing weird about it. It's when that airplane suddenly turns into a giant robot and attacks that semi-truck, then that truck is suddenly standing 40 feet tall and fighting back that you realize something is a little off here... The joys of Transformers. From their cools names (Optimus Prime, Megatron, Star Scream) to the cool noises they make when they transform, you can't ask for much more. Drive around in a sweet car that transforms at will into a robot to fight other robots and defend you? Um, yeah, pretty much the American dream, right there!
Well, the main thing that Transformers are known for is their nonchalant appearance. Most people don't even expect much of them in their vehicle form, until they're fighting and protecting them. The same can be said of us as members of the church. We're just like everyone else: we go to school, work, concerts, movies, we hang out with friends, we do everything normal. But, there's so much more to us than meets the eye! We are members of Christ's true church, and have the fullness of the Gospel. We are aware of what is truth, and live a higher standard of living because we're given specific commandments, and have prophets to guide us to know how we should dress, act, talk, what we should and should not do and partake of, and how we should present ourselves to others. While that guy may seem like a typical, run-of-the-mill Joe, he's really a disciple of Jesus Christ, and will stand firm in his convictions. We need to be examples, candles, lights to the world. We don't have to sequester ourselves, or be awkward about anything. We can still be normal people, and do things that everyone else does. It's when those around us start doing things that we know to be wrong that we need to draw the line. Be an example of the believer "in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12). The best way we can help those around us is to be an example. If we live the commandments, and stay true to our testimony, we can rub off on all those around us. We may appear to be just regular vehicles (metaphor), but really, there's more to us than meets the eye. We're actually giant robots who defend the human race! (Again, a metaphor).

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