Have you seen Gene Wilder’s “Willy Wonka” since you’ve gone through the temple?

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Gene Wilder passed away today. I never knew him that well as an actor, but a few months ago my wife showed me his version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I read the book ages ago as a kid, but had forgotten particulars of the plot.

By the end I was blown away. It was as if Roald Dahl were the most faithful adherent of the gospel and had been through the endowment ordinance and was fully aware of the LDS theology on the plan of salvation and the purpose of life and had crafted a perfect allegorical replication a la C.S. Lewis.

If you haven’t seen that film since you’ve been through the temple, I suggest you do so, and watch with spiritual eyes, etc. Let Gene Wilder’s death be a good excuse to do that very soon. Your mind will be blown, especially at the very end with that final speech, where it all comes together.

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