Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

valentines day single movieStarring Winnie the Pooh, Santa Claus, and Moses’s mom.


The good news is that this is not a long movie. The bad news is that I watched this movie months ago in the middle of the night when I was sick, so please know what I’m about to say holds little to no credibility whatsoever.

Cheers for Miss Bishop is a low-budget, older film that moves pretty dang slow. (I really know how to sell this, don’t I?). I still liked it, though, and it has a great cast:

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: You won’t understand this until you watch the movie, but Sam totally gets the shaft. MARRY SAM! #TeamSam

advice for single women

Most people would not consider this movie a “Valentine’s Day” film, but it is to me. I see it as a delicate tribute to men and women who have not yet found the person they want to marry.

I love this quote that was read in the film: “The life of every man is a diary, in which he means to write one story and writes another.”

This movie reminds me of Sister Kristen Oaks, who earned her doctorate but remained single until she was in her 50s. She gave part of a fantastic address to single adults 10 years ago that’s just as true today. Here is only part of her remarks:

“It can be very painful to be single for such a long time, especially in a church of families. I know how it feels…As a single woman, I had to go forward…This is your time. Make it count by dedicating your time to your Heavenly Father. I love what President Boyd K. Packer says about the Atonement: The Atonement is not something that happens at the end of our lives, it is something that happens every day of our lives. And so I say to our single sisters, make it count.”

This goes right along with the words of her now husband, Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who counseled single adults in the same address to “stop waiting and start moving…Don’t wait for happiness to be thrust upon you.”

We should never give up on finding love, but we also shouldn’t sit around waiting for Cupid to shoot us in the rear. We have so much potential in this life. So much to accomplish. So very many lives to bless.

God puts us in places where we can make the most difference. May all of us, married and unmarried, have the faith to find out where He needs us the most.

“And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age…and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” — Luke 2:36-37

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