Our Lives From Black & White… To Color… To HD!


I stepped into the family room of my next door neighbor and waited for him to get ready. As I stood there in the room I glanced towards the TV set to see that a college football game was in progress. But, my eyes became transfixed on the set, as the game seemed to jump out at me. Almost alive! It was the first time I remember seeing a game in color!

That was the experience as I remember it. It was the early 1970’s and I was standing in the home of my boyhood friend and neighbor. Wow, I thought, the grass is so green, the uniforms so colorful and the game so real. It was almost as if I was there at the stadium. Perhaps I had seen a color TV set as I passed by one in the store, but my family never owned one. I loved watching football on my families black and white TV, but this brought the enjoyment to a new level. My new found pleasure quickly came to an end as my buddy was ready and we went out the door. I have since owned a number of color TV’s and the fact that I didn’t own one till after I was married didn’t diminish from the memories I had as a boy watching games on an old black and white. After all, I had no concept of color.

Fast forward to a few years ago: My sons and I stayed up till 2am watching Major League Baseball’s All Star Game. It was the longest All-Star game in history, lasting 15 innings. What made it different from all the other all-star games that I have enjoyed in the past is that it was the first All-Star game I have watched on a (HD) High Definition TV set. The high-definition brought an even greater enjoyment of the game. Every movement, particle of dirt and drop of sweat is now visible. What a treat to the senses! Again, I had enjoyed my old color TV set and have many great memories of watching historic games on it, but this, this HD experience brought TV watching to greater heights!

And while there are many good people in this world who see things only in black and white, and would say their lives are good, they are unaware that their enjoyment of the things of this world could be greatly enhanced by the color of the gospel. Hence the final charge of the Savior as recorded in Matthew: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.’’ (Matt. 28: 19-20).

And that is why we send forth our missionaries and we are encouraged to “be a light on a hill”: spreading the gospel and bringing “color” into the lives of our brothers and sisters.

There are those of us who live in the “color” of the gospel but who could be living in “HD” if we choose to live the principles taught therein. Adherence to gospel principles has always brought greater joy, happiness and “higher definition” to life.

It may be difficult for some to see the need of “color” in our lives when they so enjoy the black and white view. Yet, I believe, that once someone is exposed to the “color” of the gospel, they will find more enjoyment out of life. May all of us seek to bring “color” into the lives of others by politely exposing them to its luster and may we take advantage of living in “higher definition” by enjoying all the fruits of the restored gospel by living its values and principles.


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