The story is about a man, his struggles, his hopes and fears. Despite the topic,
it is a heartfelt film about relationships and questions of life. I feel that
this film could be shared with people of different faiths without insult to
there own beliefs.
I can't wait to see it myself. The short previews on KBYU look real promising.
President G. B. Hinckley was a good man, and he gave the most interesting talks
of all the prophets. He made the most sense of what he had to say. He handled
church affairs well. Always had a genuine smile and not a fake one for everyone.
He was a real genuine one of a kind person and not a stuffed shirt.
For Dan of OK,Worshipping the dead & Evin Dorkin. It is always facinating to me
that people that claim to be "over" or "through with" the Church, it's leaders
and those that believe,you have an extremely hard time letting go. Your actions
are like that of a person "jilted" in love, and you can't seem to accept the
notion that it is truly over. You readily console with those that are also "over
it". Why do you read articles about things that you "have no need for"? By doing
so it is the same as driving by your old girlfriends house, your looking for
anything you can find to criticize. "It looks like they haven't mowed the lawn
in two weeks!" But sadly the part that grinds your axe the most is that when you
do drive by you see the ex-girlfriend, she's happy...moving forward with her
life...and certainly isn't driving by your house. I really don't believe in all
this global warming nonsense..but unlike you, I don't read articles about
people, places and things I have NO use for! Always remember... you are welcome
anytime to comeback, to enjoy the peace that once again can be yours.
There are people in this world who only see darkness, perhaps even seek
darkness. To say President Hinckley was cold only shows a person with a cold,
dark heart, a reflection them, not President Hinckley. He was one of the most
kind, loving, happy, and WARM HEARTED people I have ever seen. Very few people
have the power to get inside us and inspire us to be more than we are, better
than we are. THAT was President Hinckley. I have to believe that those he think
otherwise are fighting their inner voice, because to be better takes work, and
some are, simply put, spiritually lazy. To go with the flow and give into every
whim and vice of the world, that's easy, takes no character, takes no effort.
Some call that "enlightened" but from past experience, it's a life of being
internally miserable and never EVER satisfied. I found peace when I FOUND
religion. No fear here. Thank you President Hinckley for having had a profound
effect on my life. Not worship, just profound GRATITUDE.
I love biographies and am looking forward to this one. I love movies based on
the life of someone who has made a positive difference whether it was in
religion, sports, politics, business, personal relationships, or any other
aspect of our world. Gordon B. Hinckley is to be respected for his kindness to
Some of the comments show such hatred toward the church and its prophets. To be
sure there are a lot of miserable people in the world who are that way because
they don't know how or where to find the truth.GBH was one in a million
and will be missed by all who came in contact with him during his life.
I have a really hard time understanding how anyone could really put down this
man!Besides the fact that I believed him to be the prophet of God - In the
eyes of most of the world he was a honorable and respected person. The awards
that he got and his work in humanitarian efforts span the world. Many people
through out the world have been blessed through the efforts of this kind and
loving man.I love Thomas S. Monson and feel that he also will make his
mark on the world. But, I also remember GBH. I had a chance to meet him once and
I will treasure that memory. I also look forward to watching the DVD when it
Her name is Nora. The lady in the holiday movie that messes up her peanut
brittle.I knew y'all were waiting for that snippet of info.
"Evin Dorkin | 1:28 p.m. Nov. 21, 2008 Dan Maloy of Enid,
OK............Good times man. Thanks for making my Friday. I haven't laughed
that hard in a while. If GBH talked with god... I have a phone line to John
Wayne in Heaven.""Evin", first, I've used my real name and I do live
in Enid, OK. I highly, highly doubt that "Evin Dorkin" is your real name. I
have nothing to hide. However, you obviously fear truth and humility, and
therefore hide behind some cloud of anonimity using what appears to be a comic
book artist's name. Be a man. Let the world know who you are and use your real
name.Second, you claim that I don't know anything pertaining to God
and the truthfulness of the claims of the prophets Joseph Smith or Gordon B.
Hinckley. However, I DO know and I know that what I know came from God. It is
easy (and predictable) for critics like you to say that Mormons (or any
Christian for that matter) only "believes" because we've been brainwashed by our
parents.Nice try, but it won't work.Just because you
don't know doesn't mean that I don't. Your turn....
President Hinckley was one of the foremost "defenders" of non-members to the
Church. He told us to "knock it off" when the idea to keep our children from
playing with non-member children. He was constantly reminding us to reach out
and love our neighbors and be real friends, not just befriending them to gain
converts and then dropping them if they didn't show interest in the Church. He
spoke plainly about the evils of abuse and pornography, and kept at us to be
better. Each Prophet in this age has had a particular identity and
they each have had their ways of reaching out. Let's celebrate them all for the
good they taught.
Where is John Pack Lambert to defend the prophet????
President Gordon B. Hinckley, Joseph Smith and president Thomas Monson are my
favorite prophets. They "TOP" them all!!!!
who was it that said, " LDS People can leave the church but never leave it
alone " anti- mormon comments that I have read here are a true testimony of
I like and find Mormon history kinda interesting-- you never know what to
believe? Although President Hinckley's may be more uplifting.
To Evin Dorkin:So how is John Wayne doing these days...? :)
I've always enjoyed the flicks that get put out by the LDS church. There are
some fun ones and if you don't like them they generally are shorter than a
Disney one. No harm, no foul.Grandpa Gordy was a fun guy when he
could let his hair down and brought a great sense of humor to conference just
when your tush was getting tuckered. I'm interested to see it though Mr. Kruger
will probably still be my fave LDS film, followed by the lady who messes up the
peanut brittle (her name slips my mind at the moment).
President Hinckley was truly a remarkable man. I too will miss his humor and
love for what he knew was right. He and Marjorie must be having a great time
together right now.
I am sorry that a man that many loved is dead but you must understand that there
are many who are against Mormonism for many imortant reasons so do not be
surprised that people do not look favorably upon someone whom many feel has done
much wrong in life. Please read the book "When Salt Lake City Calls" It is must
reading and can be ordered on Amazon.com
RE ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Well SAID!
I'm always amazed at the enlightened ones on this thread. They think they are
"free thinkers" yet I haven't heard anything new in their thought process that
hasn't been said a thousand times before (boring). They may not follow what they
percieve are the weak minded believers but they follow they herd non the less.
Give me a unique thought and I might be swayed. GBH was unique primarily because
of his selfless service to CHRIST and his fellow man. Additionally, He worked on
self mastery which is very unique and to be admired!
We miss you President Hinckley.
There is nothing wrong with thinking how someone who has passed on influenced
your life for good. Many people in the Church had a connection with Gordon B.
Hinckley because inspired them. He had a great sense of humor, worked hard, and
connected with the ordinary person of the Church.As a lifelong
member of the Church, I hear about Christ at almost every meeting I attend. We
revere Joseph Smith because he was the instrument through whom the restored
Gospel came. We revere Joseph Smith as we do the prophets Abraham, Moses,
Isaiah, Nephi, Alma, and many others who taught us how to live a better life. I
also revere Mahatma Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Theresa.I
revere my father, who died about 9 years ago. He was not perfect, either, but
he influenced my life for good. I do not worship him, but not a day goes by when
I don't think of him, or of my sister who passed away when she was 24 years old.
I hope you have someone in your life that you revere and respect--a
religious or humanitarian leader, a grandfather, a statesman, even if he/she has
I knew him well. He stayed at my home and held my grand children on his lap.
Words cannot describe his greatness. I once saw him laugh so hard, food came
out of his nose. I once saw him weep in pain for the discomfort of another. He
continues to live in my heart right next to my father. I love him for his many
unspoken kindnesses to me and others. He will always be GREAT in my eyes and
heart. GOD BLESS HIM.
I am greatful to have a testimony of the church. I don't understand all the
bashing of a great man. I love the church and it's teachings. I know a lot of
people don't understand and so they bash it, but if you really took the time to
say a prayer in your heart you might just find out you understand. When you
don't understand something you find out more about it you don't trash it and
come up with reasons why you trashed it. You don't understand something and
don't want to find out that is fine but you can respect other that do find out.
Thanks to all of you that have posted such positive comments in response to the
upcoming movie. As a convert of 28 years. (currently inactive) I am surprise at
the constant negative and name dropping (GAY) comments that continually creap
into almost all the comments found in this forum. It reminds of why I was drawn
to the church in the early 80's. There is an evil out their, and it never
sleeps. For all you out their that have hate in your hearts, for what has been
considered good in this life for over 2000 years. You may want to condsider what
God you worship.(directly or indirectly) In another 30 years you may be
surprised at what you have become. I pray for this country everyday and for the
strength to reisist the storm that is coming.
I have seen this film twice and went to the premier a couple of weeks ago- it is
incredible. The film really shows what President Hinckley was like as a boy and
shows his relationship with his brother Sherm. I like it because it shows a lot
of his life that hasn't been shared in other films. It also carries a strong
message, great humor and you go away emotional remembering this wonderful
prophet. I recommend that everyone see's this film.
Why is it that we see so many people honor great men and women like JFK, MLK
Jr., etc but when someone like Gordon B Hinckley or John Paul II is honored they
call it worshiping?
This is about honoring the someone who has past on, NOT worshipping.IF you can tell the difference, then we can only feel sorry for you for living
in such a self-imposed narrow-minded world.
Just because someone is old, that does not make them irrelevant. As someone who
is approaching middle age, I have come to greatly appreciate those who have
learned from experience. I have relatives and friends who have had the
opportunity to meet with apostles and the uniformly speak of their graciousness
and humility. One of those "old guys" said, "My life is like my shoes--to be
worn out in service". I am far from that standard, but it is my goal.I miss President Hinckley. I never knew him in person, and the closest I got
to him was about 15 feet away, but his way of teaching, made him into a
grandfather-like figure. I appreciated his leadership, as he inspired me to be
a better person, a father, and a husband. His somewhat gruff, distinctive voice
was(is) comforting. Although it was not the literal voice of God, I believe
that he did speak for God to us, in our time.You are free to mock.
This is a free country, and you may speak without repercussion. But your words
(and hence your analysis) will have little effect on me because they do not
match my experiences.
I miss President Hinckley's cane wave. And his smile. And how cute he and his
wife were together.
Riverton,The Church also came out against gay marriage when Gordon
Hinckley was the prophet, so that can't be the only thing that's keeping you
from respecting Thomas Monson. But thank you for adding some kind words to
dilute some of the bitterness on here.
I love Pres. Hickley. I missed him. The world was better when he was on it.
Can't wait to see the movie.
As a non-LDS transplant to UT, I miss Hinckley: he was loved by all(except those
who hated the church). I'm not interested in mormonism per se, but Hinckley
really was a kind, charming, and caring individual who made Utah a better place
by his example. Though I didn't agree with him on everything- like gay rights, I
still gained a lot of respect for him, which interestingly hasn't passed on to
Monson just yet (perhaps it's the Prop 8 issue). Hinckley really was a good
example and is missed by this non-LDS family. I doubt we'll see the movie, but I
can't blame other's for being interested in this great man.
I am just amazed that anyone has much negative to say about President Hinckley.
Read the tributes paid to him by the nonmembers who knew him. Their findings
are consistent - a deeply good, deeply spiritual man with just a hint of
mischief in his eyes and a real love for people.If you really find
Pres. Hinckley distasteful, you might want to read Matthew 11:16-19. We have
had the young firebrands and the kindly grandfathers deliver a consistent
message. If we cant follow any of them, perhaps the fault is our own.Pres. Hinckley was grandfatherly in delivery but direct as well. He had no
qualms about telling us exactly what God expects of us regarding how we treat
our spouses, our children, our elderly, and our neighbors (those that look like
us, and those that dont).I still miss him and, perhaps a part of me
always will. When he took office, I thought that his would be a caretaker
presidency. I couldnt have been more wrong (and I am grateful for it).
My husband and I saw a advertisement on TV about the movie and DVD last night,
and we will not be able to see the film on the big screen, but my husband said
to put the DVD on his Christmas list this year. We love to see films about
interesting people and President Hinckley is one of the most interesting people
to have seen in this century. He is a wonderful person and has set a fine
example of how to be more Christ-like. He worked on this his whole life and is
to be admired. He was not perfect, but he was as close to perfection as a
person could get in this life. I only hope to be half as good of a person as he
is and I have a long way to go.
A great man who is missed. Would love to go to a theatre but live in VA and had
to order the DVD.We really don't understand a person that is
compelled to comment in a negative, personal way regarding President Hinkley,
the Church, or other readers.
Pay no attention to those who mock or scorn. This is all they want. These are
the same people who show up to General Conferenc to protest. Why? Because
there is a camera. Where are they all year long? Don't give ANY HEED TO THEM.
Let Pres. Hinkley's legacy go forward and YOU learn from him. YOU make the
choice to listen and YOU let your heart dictate who he was....not those who are
only inspired by hate, offense, and cynicism.
You say - "I thought it was fact because why would my grandma lie, it was
because she wanted me to do something and used fear to get it. Religious
leaders use the same tactic."Say What?? Gordon B. Hinckley wanted
something out of me and used fear to get it? Like what? Also you
say "They want to believe so badly in heaven because they have nothing to live
for that they'll believe anything a chuch "leader" tells them".What
an insult. I have nothing to live for? Who are you to make that kind of a
judgement?"Some of us just never wake up to reason.."It
is you who has no reasoning ability. Just use your head, maybe for the first
time, and realize there is a purpose for life and living far beyond the time you
spend here on the earth. As far as John Wayne goes here is to
seeing him in the future.
It always amuzes me when all these people who hate the LDS Church have so much
to say about things they know nothing about. I am reminded of the last
conference talk that Apostle Bruce McKonkie gave a few days before he passed
away, he said "I liken the Church to a huge caravan moving accros the deseret
and every so often the Dogs come out and nip at the Oxen's heels, but the
caravan keeps moving on.
Dan Maloy of Enid, OK.Good times man. Thanks for making my Friday. I
haven't laughed that hard in a while.It reminded me how silly
religion is with holy ghosts and other various fictional characters. It's always
easy to see the people who really have nothing in their lives but faith. They
want to believe so badly in heaven because they have nothing to live for that
they'll believe anything a church "leader" tells them. It's like believing
everything your parents say when you're a young child. You don't know any
better. I once believed if you left your shoes on while in bed your feet would
fall off because my crazy grandma told me that. I thought it was fact because
why would my grandma lie, it was because she wanted me to do something and used
fear to get it. Religious leaders use the same tactic. Some of us just never
wake up to reason and prefer to blindly follow faith hoping for a good outcome.
If GBH talked with god... I have a phone line to John Wayne in
I will always have reverence for this fine example of a man. He was a great
prophet of the modern day. I'm sure that his Savior and mine is quite pleased
with such incredible accomplishments and for the humility and grace of this most
sweet servant. He exchanged his potential for great riches and worldly
accomplishment for humble dedicated service to the Lord. His example stands
You know nothing about prophets, nothing about Pres. Hinckley, nothing about
Pres. Monson, and nothing about religion, or inspiration. And your comment more
than proves it.
I was at the premier of the movie and it is excellent and uplifting. I am
excited for other members of the LDS church to see it. Pres. Hinckley is a
wonderful man. T.C. Christensen is a talented film maker. I learned a lot
about a great prophet from this film. It was good to see that Gordon B.
Hinckley was a normal little boy. I recommend this movie.
I was not a fan of GBH--or any of the other old men who have led the church
since Brigham Young. Boring pious old farts are boring pious old farts. It
amazes me how the sheeple of Zion will blather on about how inspiring and
wonderful they were.
"Bob | 8:56 a.m. Nov. 21, 2008 If I need a nap, I'll go see this
incredibly boring movie."Bob, I haven't seen the movie yet so I
really can't say if it's good or not. However.....I can say without reservation
that the man the film focuses on was a true prophet of God. Meaning...the God
of Heaven chose Gordon B. Hinckley to speak to all the world for Him, that God
spoke to Hinckley through the clear whisperings of the Holy Spirit, and that he
(Hinckley) had God's authority to carry out all religious ceremonies
("ordinances") needed for a person to be able to enter into the presence of
Deity. And....I'll be so bold as to say that sooner or later you're
going to recognize that everything I've said is true for God will tell you from
His own mouth.Mock me if you wish, for that is your right to choose,
but everything I've said is true.Best wishes - Dan
It's sad that some feel as this last guy does. He obviously didn't understand
what was being taught all those years in Sunday school. As for worship, that's
a bit extreme. This is called honor for a great man. Why is it that when big
film producers do the same thing, the movies are hailed. Think of big
productions about actors, about sports heroes, about comedians....they were all
hailed as great films, and no one said anything about worship. This should be a
fine film about a man who, as was already siad, was hailed as a great man by
those of other faiths. Think of all the awards received from Catholic
organizations, of even the President. He was a great man of profound
kindness,faith, and devotion. That's commendable, regardless of your faith.
You don't have to be Mormon to recognize that he was a great man.
I'm always curious as to why it is such a deep cultural habit for the church to
continue to worship the dead profits. I mean, I used to be a part of
the church where I hear more about the true prophet, Joe Smith, then I would
hear about Christ the Savior. A little at a time, I suddenly
realized, it's the church of prophets, not of Christ.That's why I
made a huge mistake in joining as a kid, and quickly corrected my actions. I can't believe I was a part of it, and still trying to clean my soul
President Hinckley was a breath of fresh air, full of love and compassion for
all people.I'm so glad to have been alive as he served as the prophet.He truly
made our world a better place by all the good he did for mankind.God bless this
Paul in MD-Well said.
"Boring," "fabricated," "fiction" ... Such constructive, knowledgeable
criticism from people who, I am certain, have either read the screenplay,
watched the film, or have first hand knowledge of GBH's youth.I met
him 30 years ago at a stake meeting when I was a youth. He was not cold. There
was fire in his eye, and warmth in that handshake. Some mistake his even
delivery and dry humor as being cold, but they missed a lot.As a BYU
student I went to many meetings at the Marriott Center. I also saw Bill Cosby
perform there once. There were occasions when GBH drew nearly as many laughs as
Bill did.To those of you who feel it necessary to belittle a man you
never met, whose beliefs you don't respect, and whose quiet lifelong service
you'll never understand, I wish you a good day, and pray someday you are able to
open your heart just a bit, to accept that maybe through his devotion and
service he was able to help some people improve themselves, and through that
make the world a little better place.
Too bad all the haters can't just stay away from the Deseret News. But they
just can't stay away from something they hate, can they. Small minds. Go to
that movie and take that nap. Take a lot of sleeping pills too. You need it.
One thing I loved about President Hinckley was his sense of humor and his love
for those around him, member or not. It is hard to understand how anyone would
find fault with someone who was so kind?
It must be miserable to go through life with your main motivation being
bitterness toward the Mormons (or anybody else, for that matter). What did you
Utah Mormons do, to inspire such bigotry?Regarding the question of
how President Hinckley would respond... I'm guessing he'd laugh good-naturedly
and shrug it off. Prophets have always been scorned and dismissed by a certain
segment of the population; you can't win 'em all.Prophets don't
always respond so passively. One of my favorite Old Testament stories is when
Elisha was mocked by a group of youths because of his bald head. He must've
been having a bad day, because he cursed them and summoned a couple bears out of
the woods, that tore into those punks like they were lunchmeat! (2 Kings
What a classy comment!! I bet you wake up everyday happy to be alive. :)Nothing better then a LDS hater comment! They make me feel all warm and fuzzy
inside. I feel sorry for you my man..
Is good to watch a movie about a great Man like President Gordon B. Hinckley, I
love him great human being and left us with a great legacy.But to all
members and not members let's try to be nice to each other and just respect our
diferences,we don't need to get upset,I'm pretty sure President Hinckley wants
us to be civilized people.He was popular amoung not members too.
"From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh!"
Wow, another boring fabricated movie about a mormon leader. Sign me up!
Sounds like a must miss movie to me. I'm not a big fan of fiction anyway.
Not being LDS or a vampire lover, I'll probably miss the big openings this week
and get this one on dvd. President Hinkley was always a more small screen guy
and watching conference missionary farewell and baptism scenes on the big screen
isn't my idea of a Friday night.
Cindy, T.C. used to be my primary teacher. He called everyone rat kids, at the
end of the year he even bought us all rats, it's just something he says. And
seriously lighten up, Gordon B. Hinkly was a great man. But not god. He even had
a pretty good sense of humor.
Now, how would have President Hinkley have responded to Bob?
I sustain Thomas Monson as, among other things, a really nice guy but I always
thought GBH was cold and his affability affected. Perhaps this film will change
I can't wait for this movie.
hey Bob - you're late for your shift at Burger King!
If I need a nap, I'll go see this incredibly boring movie.
T.C. needs to be more careful . . . saying young GBHinckley is believable
because he was a "little rat kid," whose neck he would likely have rung had he
known him. Granted, he is speaking colorfully for effect, but it offers us a
clue on the lens through which the story is being presented.
God bless good ole' Pres. Hinckley. He was one amazing man.
I am hopeful it will be done in a fun, respectful way!
I am very pleased to hear such a film about our dearly beloved Prophet Gordon B
Hinckley is coming out right now. It is timely. We need to know the human side
to our leaders who were not perfect but just like us as the article portrays. I
am a convert of four decades now. I had no one as role model to know how to
teach and raise my children. I studied the works of ALL the Latter-day prophets,
biographies and autobiographies. I loved the writings of Joseph Smith and came
to love and know him through his legacy. Raising four sons and four daughters
was not easy alone for most of the last two plus decades. I leaned on the
examples and what their own mothers taught them to become great men/ leaders. A
new generation of mothers can now learn from President Hinckley's life. This
movie would make a nice gift for my grandchildren to see and know that the
Prophet they remember was human and once a little child like them. I comment
Brother Christensen for his insight and work on this great project. A. Mc