I can't believe these pessimistic people. When I was 30 yrs. old my 5 year
old son took a woman by the hand, pulled her down to his level & told her
she was beautiful. Have you never taken a picture &/or taken a video of you
children & grandchildren & shown it to others? They are hams (as most
children are) that love the attention & are innocent to hate. They tell it
as they see it. These are 9 children that have been taught to see beauty in all
& parents (since all the parents had to give their permission for this to be
done) that love their children enough to let them do something they love. &
none of those children look like they have been forced to do this.
I believe I have a more active sense of humor than most Mormons. And I love to
have good, clean fun as much as any Mormon. So I'm already "lightened
up" and "chilaxed"! 8^)But I HAVE TO GIVE THIS VIDEO A
HUGE THUMBS-DOWN --as have the MAJORITY (+61%) of commenters on this board!I wouldn't call this video "evil", but the whole thing is
just "wrong on so many levels." The kids are cute, and the song itself
is clean and upbeat. But I just sense that the PARENTS may be too caught-up in
seeking worldly popularity: trying to create a YouTube sensation out of their
children; posters; t-shirts; screaming 12-year old YW/fans; popularity contests,
puffed-up egos, etc. etc.The video, in and of itself, is not too
bad. It's more the "interview" of the egotistical parent in this
article that's scary.
I must comment on an apology given in a previous post. The apology came with a
"I apologize, BUT..." clause. The clause stated that the group that the
boys lip-synced to has another song that is allegedly not LDS
standards-appropriate and that "seeds have been planted." The apology
for being judgmental was negated by once again being judgmental. She is now
being judgmental on what music that these parents allow their boys to listen to
and how they parent. I have chosen to listen to music/watch media that lives up
to what I feel is appropriate. If we were to eliminate music by anyone who did a
song that we thought was inappropriate, that would eliminate probably most
artists today. I choose to recognize the good things people do. True, there
might be a point in which I say,"no more" to that artist. A movie
example: Anne Hathaway was in "Brokeback Mountain" and as I understand
it, did a scene very much not in my standards. However, I watched "Les
Miserable" and was inspired by her breath-taking performance. I'm glad
I watched it. Unfortunately, LDS members on occasion are the most judgmental
So many people are being so judgmental over an innocent thing where some
families are having some good fun. In my opinion, what is worse than your
perceived "weirdness" or the sentiments of those like @Grandebbie are
your haughty attitudes, elevating yourselves above those parents and determining
what is right and what is wrong for them to teach their children, in what way to
teach them, and what is a right or wrong activity in which to participate. They
were just having fun. Like you should. Get off of your judgement seat and just
have some fun! Only on the internet these days is where people can take a
simple, fun news story and get all bent out of shape.
Awesome, adorable, beautiful little creations from God. Go boys!! And your
sistas are precious, too!!
Wow! I am totally blown away by some of the rude, self-righteous, and
judgmental comments written here by people who have no idea of who Blaine
Wiggins is or how he lives the gospel or that he teaches his children. If every
member of the church lived their lives the way he does, it would be a much
better world. If you can't enjoy some innocent fun, then don't watch
this or any of his other fun videos. He didn't solicit this interview,
Deseret News went to him. Thank goodness our Heavenly Father is the ONLY one who
will be doing the final judging.
I am seriously baffled by the negative comments in here. With so many parents
sticking their kids in front of a TV or some form of electronic device to
entertain their kids, we are seeing a drop in social skills. Here we have a
wonderful example of young kids having fun, being supported by their parent(s)
and creating a life long memory. I cant believe someone said that this was
"all about fame" or "for their parents, not the kids." Did you
read the article at all?! Weren't the boys constantly reminding Bro Wiggins
about the video? They werent forced into this with some adult agenda. My
goodness. I applaud Bro Wiggins and encouraging these kids to socialize, have
fun, make "music" and strengthen the bond between these kids. I hope I
can be as good of a father to my young kids as Bro Wiggins is to his children.
There are many other ways in which to teach your children to respect girls
without having to encourage them to become part of the pop culture and have them
pretend that they are miniature pop idols.
I thought it was great! Some people need to watch their glass houses and not be
I thought you boys were wonderful!! I am glad your families shared your fun with
the world. Gave me ideas... and I KNOW that children love the fun and attention.
Lord know we can use the possitive reinforcements. Unfortunately the world is
filled with negative people, you just have to learn to ignore them, because they
don't go away, infact- they just get louder when you point out thier
negativity, so just ignore them, you were Fabulous, thank you parents for the
post!! I look forward to my son doing something this fun in a few years.
I haven't seen the video, but I have no quarrel with parents teaching boys
to respects girls and women. The only thing I wonder--how long before copyright
issues come up--particularly if they're using a copyrighted product to
produce things to sell to finance a mission? They may find themselves shortly in
the need of a lawyer.
News Flash. Five year olds can lip sync.
CougMan: My husband is a bishop. We do amazingly fun things with our children
(Like watching UTE games!) A lot of the ladies in my ward would not say that I
am dignified enough to be a bishop's wife because I am not serious enough.
So I definitely know how to let my hair down. However, let's not make this
video out to be something it's not. It's a fun have a good time
together video It is not about teaching these boys a spiritual lesson. It was
about "look at me". We take funny photos and videos of our kids, but
feel no need to get praise and accolades from the world. We enjoy them with
extended family and friends. It's great to have good clean fun I agree.I
don't want my kids to think the gospel is about sound bytes and popular
music with no substance behind it, but about giving Christ-like service and
loving others without making sure everyone can see it and pat them on the back.
Have them do an awesome Mormon Message about what the gospel means to them.
I didn't mean to come off as "judgemental", although admittedly, I
have read my comment again, and I can see that is exactly how I sounded, and I
feel I need to apoligize. I don't know these parents, and it sounds like
they are wonderful people. That being said....my concern is that this band that
the boys are lip syncing to, has since put out a song that is not appropriate
for any LDS youth to listen to, the song is very immoral and beyond suggestive,
and NOT respectful of girls. By making this video and putting it on youtube,
seeds have been planted, I am sure these little guys are loving the attention
that this brings, and that is my concern. A Bishop mentioned earlier that
Mormons are considered "prudish", well....I think of it more a
"peculiar", and we are, and we should be. The world is falling further
and further away from God and His teachings, and if we are to be faithful and
valient, we are going to have to be "different" than the world. Someone
mentioned Donny and Marie Osmond....they actually sang, and their music was age
I didn't like it, nothing to do with age, just didn't like it.
Soooo cute! My kindergartener's song is "I love you, like a love song,
baby" and I can't get her to stop singing it! Way to have fun and turn
it into a teaching moment, and your own little Mormon Message. The
Church embraces technology and is using to expose people to the gospel. I love
all the Mormon Messages that are being used in all aspects of teaching in church
today. All you judgemental commenters need to get with the times like the Church
People need to lighten up - it's a bit of fun and made me smile. These
kids are being kids. My kids used to sing along in the car to their favourite
pop songs. Heck, I still do it myself now. So what if Dad chose to share it on
Facebook with the world. I don't think their Dad is looking at them as the
next big thing. It was a bit of fun. How come having fun is considered weird,
lame or even evil. C'mon people lighten up and enjoy it. I
think they are pretty darn cute!
Sorry, this is continued from the above comment. I'm a wee bit verbose!At the tender age of five, all of these boys are already "stalwart" in
the gospel, and telling their older sisters they are beautiful is not only
completely righteous, but extremely touching. I would ask any that feel this is
"worldly" to please use the same filter with their own comments, as it
seems that some could be considered a self-proclamation of their own
steadfastness - an unfortunate outcome that was most likely completely
unintended, but could be misconstrued by others via the Internet.
To begin, I'm only 17, so my view of the world is a little limited. But I
HAVE had the pleasure to be in the same ward as these wonderful boys, their
fathers (one is my Priest Quorum advisor), and Bro. Wiggins, who is one of the
smartest, most fun, and most humble members of the church I have ever met. He is
wonderful at reaching out to young men in the throes of teenage angst feel
involved at youth activities. As I read the comments of some people casting
blame on Bro. Wiggins for his "pride" and "worldliness", I
remembered the stories I have heard since I was a five-year-old myself. I
remembered the stories where Christ commented about "casting the first
stone" and "the beam in your own eye." Even more important, there
was absolutely nothing wrong with what he did, as the article clearly shows the
boys' eagerness. I am also the home teacher of Cougar, and as he excitedly
showed my dad and me this video, I was impressed by the feeling of wholesomeness
about it all.
@ Emajor,thats a bishop for ya!!
Some people here need to lighten up! Honestly!
Amen Emajor!When did the D-News become desperate for the attention
of the world for the LDS religion? Does anyone find the obsession with gaining
the praise of man to be off-centered from the Gospel Teachings? It's cool
to have hobbies, but it looks like these five-year-olds are being pushed into
this by their parents to satisfy their need for attention. It just seems
strange and looks like parents living vicariously through their children.
If you have ever spent any time with 5 year old boys you know their are keenly
aware of girls and feel they ARE beautiful in a very pure and innocent way.
Yes, kindergarten boys play with cars and Legos, but they also notice girls they
think are beautiful. As a teacher of kindergarteners and 1st graders I can tell
you some cute stories about this. There is nothing wrong or evil about this
video, it's darling. What a fun activity for a bunch of young friends.
Seriously! If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything
at all. If you didn't like the video, chilax and find something else that
rocks your boat. It is just some kids having fun with their families. If they
don't teach/live the gospel the way you think they should...then make a
change in your own home. Don't be casting stones for people who are just
trying to have a little fun. I enjoyed the video. I thought it was cute!
Cougman,"you need to learn to not be so judgmental"Followed by:"Shame on you"Okey dokey!
Shamelessness!!!!!Their 15 minutes of fame and glory,(not to mention
their so called family home evening time)would be better spent by doing
something for the community!!
I thought this was fun. Also, I love getting ideas on ways to have wholesome fun
with my boys. I am not the "fun" dad that my kids deserve, so things
like these are inspiring to me. I would love to do something like this with my
kids, but I lack the time, talent, and creativity to do it. I say kudos to these
parents for being awesome!! I'm sure they are strengthening family
relationships through happy quality time spent together doing righteous
activities. And THAT'S what the gospel is all about!!!
Uh, why is this news? This is bizarre. Along the Wasatch Front, there seems to
be an obsession with fame/fortune as if that's where try happiness is
From the article I thought the boys would be singing in the video. Not sure
about the lip sync talent factor. Still it was cute.
I'm a bishop in San Diego and am proud that these kids and parents are
finding ways to enjoy life and develop their talents. We can turn about any
experience we have into metaphors to better our lives, so don't be so
critical of these kids and their parents. For those of you that are
so critical of something so innocent, you need to learn to not be so judgmental.
Shame on you. You can raise your children however you want. It's these
kinds of extreme comments and opinions that have so much of the world thinking
Mormon's are prudish. Let's fight our battles elsewhere.I'll bet those that are making these critical comments are also proud to
point to Donny and Marie as Mormon's. Were they wrong to publicly perform
when they were five? Let's celebrate the fact that Mormon kids
and youth can take advantage of our modern day media and have good clean fun
doing it. I would be proud to be their bishop.
I see nothing inherently evil in the content. However, this production seems to
be typical of this generation of parents who often post pictures and videos on
FB and Youtube in hopes of eliciting responses of how beautiful and talented
they and their children are.
There is more than one way to bond as a family. It doesn't always have to
be a lesson from the Book of Mormon. Lighten up!
How could anyone criticize this?! It's a very wholesome way for young boys
to spend their time.. a good family activity, & they, obviously, had so much
fun doing it. The girls were way older & were their sisters! I loved it
& just shared on FB. I can picture my 5-yr-old granddaughters doing
something similar & wish we had a good videographer in the family :) Hope
you cute kids make another one very soon & remain friends forever!
It's great to see parents who take time for their kids. Teaching them to
have fun, build bonds of friendship, and spending time with a dad and siblings
who care. I for one can't much wrong with that. And if in the process they
are able to teach a boy how to respect a girl, wow, if only the NOW could
produce such results. Cheers to the "Five and Fresh" and fun Father!!!
I agree with "Emajor" that this is just weird in so many ways. If we
are to teach our children correct principles, priorities need to be set on
gospel centered teachings, not on being "cool" parents, or in coaching
our kids to focus on things that lead them, line upon line and precept upon
precept, down the wrong path. 5 year olds need to enjoy being 5, and not be
focused on the things of the world. In my opinion, this video reflects parents
that have worldly priorities. Don't think that these kids are not
"learning" anything by making this video. Children learn from
everything they are exposed to, good or bad. With the condition of the world
today, parents need to be actively engaged in constantly teaching their children
the things of God. I can't tell you how much this video disapoints me in
just about every aspect.
Cat's in the cradle.
What a delight. It is so great to see good messages taught to the Children.
Family Home evening is a wonderful time to teach them. Bless you in raising your
children in these days. You are doing the right thing. Keep up the good work.
prsandnss: come on. These are 5 year old boys! Does my 6 year old need to be
sending the message that girls are beautiful? He needs to be a 6 year old,
playing with cars and legos etc. And about this being a teaching moment;
I'm sure the boys are going to remember the "lesson" over the red
carpet and STAR treatment And apparently it was more important than the message
the Young Women Presidency had prepared for New Beginnings. The message
it's sending is these parents are just trying to get attention. I
don't think these videos do anything to strengthen our youth or their
testimonies. Make a fun video with your family and share it with your family.
Nothing wrong with that. Just don't post it on youtube and pass it off as
a testimony-building experience, or "teaching moment". It's just
another "Put me in the spotlight!" And that's what really is our
purpose here on earth....
Hopefully, this won't be the next trend for helicopter parents i.e. beauty
pageants for girls of similar age.p.s. Boy bands are evil.
Chill, Emajor. It's cute and they have cool parents. Enough said. =]
This is really weird on a number of levels.