Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Chrono Trigger: Alternate endings

The concept and story line for Chrono Trigger makes it one of the best video games EVER! As you may have guessed from the picture above, throughout the game you find yourself traveling through different time periods; traveling from 1000 A.D. where the game begins to 600 A.D., 2300 A.D., back to 600 A.D., to 12,000 B.C., etc. 

The game starts as Chrono, the main character, is spending an ordinary day at the fair with Marle (princess of the kingdom). While there they find Lucca and her father demonstrating her new teleporter at the Millennial Fair. When Marle volunteers to be teleported, her pendant interferes with the device and creates a time portal that she is drawn into and disappears in a rift between time. Their journey to rescue the princess leads from one thing to another until ultimately they are placed in a position to save the world from utter destruction.

Throughout the game you are posed with different dilemmas and how you respond to them actually changes the final ending to the game. Our life on earth is similar.

Although our lives are based on linear time we are posed with thousands of decisions. Several years down the road we may find that because of choices we are no longer traveling towards our original destination in mind.

"For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors... [for] this day of life [is] given us to prepare for eternity." (Alma 34: 32-33)

If the choices we make in this life effect our lives in the eternity to come, surely God has given us tools to help us return to him safely. One of those tools is the Holy Ghost.

Much like a walk through guide for a video game, we can receive wisdom and help from God through the power of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost often comes in the form of feelings or impressions that press upon our mind and soul as we pray for its influence. With the aid of the Holy Ghost we can make correct decisions  that will keep us on the "strait and narrow path." Those choices will help us feel greater joy in this life and fullness of joy in the live to come as we enter back into the presence of our Heavenly Father.

"[For] we are free to choose liberty and eternal life... or to choose captivity and death... And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator (Jesus Christ), and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit." (2 Nephi 2: 27-28)

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