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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 1:20 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I am very excited to see something so dear to me represented so well. I hope people will be inspired to be better people when they see this film.

Salt Lake City, UT

Wonderful film. Great and inspiring introduction to Mormon life and the diversity of Church members.

Sainte Genevieve, MO

Fantastic. The film is being released on the 42nd anniversary of our marriage in the Salt Lake Temple. What a great anniversary gift!

Syracuse, UT

Sounds interesting. Looking forward to seeing this documentary and the different people involved and their stories.


Rated PG - gotta love it…

Sparks, NV

The world is so attuned to video nowadays that something like this is really needed. I know the LDS Church does a lot with video, possibly more than any other church, with such projects as the Bible Videos segments and the enormous number of clips on the LDS.org website for everything from training sessions and Sunday School classes. But most of that is for the church membership itself (I don't know how many of the Bible Videos have been used outside the church). A video like this will hopefully show people the real side of its membership and not the exaggerated and skewed ones shown on a variety of Cable Channels every week whose only desire is for viewers, and the way to get viewers is through controversy.

A video like this can hopefully educate and enlighten the world and show them that we don't have horns (something believed not long ago) we don't dress like we're in the 1800's and we aren't like those portrayed in an un-named musical that has done its best to blaspheme one portion of our beloved scripture and beliefs.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to search the old LDS Church news articles. I was wanting to see if I could find the article from when President Sullivan was called as stake president.

Loehnberg, 00

This is a very interesting film - but not everyone in this world speaks English. Will there ever be an international version with selectable subtitles or versions in other languages? The largest language group here in Europe with about 100 million people are the German speaking countries (Germany, Austria, parts of Switzerland, northern part of Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium - and most Dutch people at least understand German - according to observation which tv programs they watch).

davis, UT

I am a bit surprised that the LDS church keeps using the term "Mormons" in its marketing schemes such as the title of this film. It was not that long ago that they were trying to become better recognized as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and not "Mormons".

Paul Timothy Gibbs
Taylorsville, UT

I'm excited that producer Jeff Roberts is involved in this film. He's a great producer and person, and he's been responsible for some of the best films the Church has produced.

Paul Timothy Gibbs
Taylorsville, UT

I'm happy to see an excellent filmmaker like Jeff Roberts behind this.

I'm also happy (but not surprised) that the Church has chosen members of multiple narionalities and ethnicities to represent them. A much needed reminder to American (perhaps especially Utah) members thay this is a worldwide Church made up of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds, Far too often ethnocentrism and xenophobia rear their heads in our local cultural, and this is a great reminder that those things have no rightful place in the LDS Church. I'm looking forward to seeing the film.

Boston, MA

The Church should put this out on Netflix streaming as soon as possible and publicize it heavily. I'm sure it would get a lot if views that way.

Salt Lake City, UT

I wish the Church the best in this endeavor. The community of caring within it is unmatched, and that appeals to almost everyone. But the Church has acquired lifetime enemies through the SSM debate. And feelings there are really raw. I doubt this film will help that.

Mark C
Gilbert, SC

@John Pack Lambert. The Church News is Part of Deseret News and has it's own website that is searchable. Go to Deseret News home page and click on the "Faith" tab at the top.

@59fitz. Since the early encouragement for members to downplay the use of "Mormon" when referring to the Church, there have been several excellent clarifications spoken of in General Conference. See the talk by Elder M. Russell Ballard in October, 2011 "The Importance of a Name." He points out many situations when it is appropriate to use the term "Mormon". I am encouraged by the recognition that we are "stuck" with the nickname and the Church embraces it--to a point, but still prominently associates it with the full name. As members, we should do the same.

Surfers Paradise, AU

How many people would actually pay $10 per ticket to see this in theaters?

Emmanuel Goldstein
Salt Lake City, UT

Friar.Tuck and mpschmitt
Yes, there are plans to make this widely available internationally and on the streaming media channels like Netflix, AmazonPrime and Hulu as soon as it is released domestically. This will be out there everywhere soon.

Springville, UT

I can't imagine that this will sell commercially, but I guess we will see.

Net proceeds to charity. I assume this means full repayment of the investment, perhaps with interest? First financing a commercial building in Philly, and now underwriting a commercial film?

Highland, UT

@ Paul Timothy Gibbs

I'm surprised you would accuse church members of being xenophobic, considering how many church members have either children or have served themselves in missions outside of Utah and around the globe, then report in homecomings that their foreign mission had the "Best people on earth" . Just sayin'.

NotInMiami, FL


Net proceeds refers to everything above the cost to distribute the film. The Church paid for the film (produced) and will not seek to recoup those costs. The movie was already going to be made and shown in Church visitor centers (so it was already paid for). Then they decided to distribute it in theaters and online too and donate all that money (less distribution costs).

This is a missionary and humanitarian tool. It costs money to run the film in theaters and get it distributed online so those costs will be deducted from proceeds (and taxes, I'm assuming, although the Church could cover taxes through other funds). Any profits left over will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Cedar Hills, UT

Can not wait to see this Great Movie (sounds like it) on Roku! (I have AmazonPrime)

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