From Time to Time (2009)

credit: about.comThe surprisingly satisfying offspring of Frequency, The Sixth Sense, and Downton Abbey.

 

I’d never even heard of this movie before I found it on Netflix, so it was a total gamble. But I really liked it. And it’s only partly as creepy as the preview makes it look.

The film has quite a few familiar faces, including the girl from Inkheart, the henchman from Enchanted, and yes, about half of the same cast as Downton Abbey. On that note, you should know I’ve had a soft spot for Maggie Smith ever since I saw her in Hook, though because of that frail Wendy role I’ve been expecting her to die any minute since the early 90s.

You keep on keepin’ on, Maggs.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  I have peed my pants only three times in my life. The scene where the girl ghost suddenly pops into the room almost made it four.

I’ve talked about the eternal importance of family history before, but this movie focuses on another aspect of researching our ancestors — learning more about ourselves and how to better cope with our present difficulties from the lives of family past.

Only within the last few months have I really started to do more research about my own heritage, and I can personally attest that there is a very specific feeling of fulfillment and purpose when studying the lives of those who are responsible for our own existence.

James E. Faust once counseled, “I encourage you…to begin to unlock the knowledge of who you really are by learning more about your forebears.”

Family is important. And while the individuals in our families are far from perfect, the unit itself is perfect. The fundamental structure of husband, wife, and children is the one and only unit that both perpetuates posterity and predicates eternal happiness. That is the ideal we should be striving for, and if it’s not available to us in this life, it will surely be available in the next if we have the faith to endure in patience.

As we remember the past while looking to the future, our families will be strengthened, and the real gems we discover will be priceless.

“And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers…And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit.” – 1 Nephi 5:14-17

 

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