Film review: 'Stonecutter' inspiring short film

It follows struggles of man who worked on the S.L. Temple

Published: Thursday, Jan. 31 2008 12:21 a.m. MST

ONLY A STONECUTTER

Produced by: T.C. Christensen

Length: short

OREM — "Only a Stonecutter" tells the story of John Rowe Moyle — a park in Alpine has the same name — an early LDS pioneer whose story is one of remarkable faith and dedication.

This man came from England to Zion with his family in the Ellsworth handcart company and settled on 160 acres in Alpine.

His story revolves around his work on the Salt Lake Temple where he carved in stone the words that are painted in gold today. He didn't have a way to get to Salt Lake to do the cutting so he walked 22 miles every week for more than 20 years.

Then after his leg was amputated, as soon as he could function on the wooden leg he fashioned for himself, he resumed the weekly sojourn over Traverse Mountain, through the snow and the cold and the dark.

It's a simple story but well told, well-acted and well filmed. It's one of the short film competition entries for the 7th Annual LDS Film Festival.

One can only hope it makes its way soon into church libraries.