Warning. Major spoilers ahead. If you have yet to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi and wish to enter the theater as untainted as the fresh salt terrain on Crait, do not continue reading.
If you’ve seen the film or if you just don’t mind knowing major plotlines of movies beforehand, pop to lightspeed and continue on!
For many years, LDS members have enjoyed making connections between their faith and one of the largest franchises of all time. Just check out these 10 Star Wars quotes that sound a lot like they could have been said in General Conference.
The arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different and we couldn’t help but see some more connections. After watching the film, here are 5 of our favorite Mormon-esque moments from The Last Jedi.
Failure in the Greatest Teacher
After Rey leaves Luke Skywalker to his self-imposed exile on Ahch-To, a beloved Jedi master appears. Yoda comes to bestow a bit of wisdom on his former pupil, shimmering blue as only force ghosts can.
Failure is the greatest teacher, Yoda tells a defeated Luke who feels he has failed both Ben Solo and Rey. It sounds very similar to a quote by Elder Robert D. Hales:
“Failure is one of the greatest teachers if we have the faith to learn from it.”
Because of Jesus Christ, we know our mistakes and sins can have a profound sanctifying effect. We know our failures are never final. In fact, it is our very journey through imperfect mortality molds into the “luminous beings” we are capable of becoming.
In one of the most spine-tingling, breath-holding scenes in the entire film, Kylo Ren and Rey come face to face. They’ve just had an epic (and successful) battle against Snoke and his Praetorian guard. Kylo Ren does not wish to join the Resistance. He wants Rey to join him in a new order, where the light and the dark will stand side by side.
As part of his argument, Kylo Ren supposedly reveals the truth of Rey’s parentage, one of the hottest questions of the trilogy so far.
“You have no place in this story,” he tells an emotional Rey. “You’re nobody.” Then, with one of the most intense moments of eye contact in recent cinema history, he says, “But not to me.”
Is this not persuasion we have all felt at one point in our lives? Torn down by the adversary and filled with shame, we are drawn to those things that make us feel valued. Just take a look at Sheri Dew’s thoughts:
“Satan tells us we’re not good enough. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not cute enough. Not clever enough. Not anything enough. And that is a big, fat, devilish lie…Thus Satan’s all-out attempt to prevent us from understanding how the Lord sees us, because the more clearly we understand our divine destiny, the more immune we become to Satan.”
The Chronicles of History
After Admiral Holdo sacrificed herself to give the Resistance time to escape, Leia turns to the fiery pilot Poe Dameron and says, “She was more interested in protecting the light than seeming like a hero.”
Millions of faithful Latter-day Saints around the world serve in numerous capacities. The light of the gospel continues to spread throughout the world because of such sacrifice and dedication. Church leaders have often expressed that much of the momentum we experience in spreading the gospel comes from those who are “unheralded” and “unnoticed.” As President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has said, “God knows that some of the greatest souls who have ever lived are those who will never appear in the chronicles of history.”
When we serve with pure intent, the light within us will shine forth and the impact we have will never be insignificant.
Saving What We Love
Just as you think Finn is going to die in order to take down a First Order cannon, his newfound friend and mechanic Rose saves him by crashing into his speeder. When Finn rushes to the injured Rose, he asks why she would stop him. The cannon will now fire into the Rebel Base with great force and leave them with no way of escape.
Rose replies, “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate…saving what we love.”
Love, according to Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “is the most powerful forces in the world.”
President Uchtdorf has also reminded us that “love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations.”
Our world today is filled with contention and hate. There is much to be bitter and fearful about. The natural man inside of us wants to fight back. However, it is the love of Jesus Christ that changes hearts and changes the world.
A Force-Sensitive Boy
In the ending scenes of the film, a young servant boy on Canto Bight uses the force to propel a broomstick to his hand. It is a reminder that the force permeates the galaxy; it is also a reminder of our divine nature.
We are all sons and daughters of God, glorious beings with limitless potential. President Uchtdorf reminds us that:
“While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it.”