I agree that for many, watching stories about Christian Latter-Day-Saints'
lives will enrich their own. But what is most important to gain from the first
movie is Elder Groberg's example of keeping the commandments of God in the
face of pressing opposition. He stayed morally clean. He loved and served the
Lord through loving and serving his fellow man on God's terms. He did not
pass judgement on those who either did not like him or who would abuse him. He
cared about teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Tongan people more than
his own comforts. And this movie takes this amazing man of God and makes him so
tangible and relatable such that the viewer may catch the value of the
principles that Elder Groberg lived by and did not vary from. It's so
wonderful how real and imperfect his character is expressed through the movie.
It only lends charisma to take the truths of the movie to the hearts of the
You're giving Anne Hathaway too much credit for the success of "The
Other Side of Heaven." 1. At the time of the film's
release, Anne Hathaway was not exactly a household name. 2. Christopher
Gorham carried the first film. Ms. Hathaway had relatively little screen time.
I look forward to the sequel!
I am pretty sure that Jesus said that the poor would always be with us, so
"solving" poverty is prophesied to never happen.it will require
two things to "solve" poverty.1. the least important, is for the
rich to be willing to part with their earnings.2. the most important, is
for the poor to be willing to put forth their best effort. In the US, and most
of western civilization, that doesn't happen. More often than not, the
"poor" stand there with a hand out waiting for it to be filled. the few
instances in scripture that we read that there "were no poor among them"
were instances where everyone contributed their best efforts and nobody waited
for somebody else to take care of them.as far as fasting and prayer
not helping...part of fasting is making a contribution of the cost of the meals
that you fasted for, and giving it to an organization that helps the poor far
better than any government agency ever will.
perennial contributor " moresureword"if you know anything you
know that LDS fasting contributions make a significant change in a world that is
hard to change. those massive contributions come seasonally; they come to
conditions that are as ageless as you. others who fast and pray, and those that
don't, and yet donate $ equally contribute to those changes.denial is
a terrible failure
Can't wait! The last movie was wonderful!!
“Tom, I want you to write a book about your missionary experiences in
Tonga,” Elder Groberg recalled ......Isn't Elder
Groberg's name John?
John Groberg was my teacher for two classes at Ricks College many years ago.Perhaps I could have a spot in the movies.
“'The entire nation of Tonga, all the people of every faith united in
fasting and praying for that little boy’s life . ... [I]t’s not a
Mormon movie at all. It’s a broader movie about faith and love.”Fasting and prayer are not a Tongan practice, but rather a Mormon
practice. No religion practices fasting and prayer as religiously as do
Mormons. Without the influence of the LDS Church in Tonga, there would have
been no fasting and prayer for the boy's life; and medical attention would
have been the sole focus.What have fasting and prayer done for the
poor and the downtrodden throughout Earth? Billions of human beings continue to
suffer, because we think that we can fast and pray for them, rather than provide
them with the basics for human survival--adequate food, clothing, health care
and education.Our Christ warned us that we will not be found on his
right hand, if we do not solve poverty and suffering, by providing the basics
needed to live. (See Matthew 25.)
Christopher Gorham never ages. I have no idea what Folau looks like these days
and Hathaway is so busy and making more money than she knows what to do with it,
but I'm looking forward to seeing this sequel. The Other Side of Heaven was
just one of those movies that is just plain fun to watch.
The sequel will be a hit because people will remember how the first one made
them feel. With the talents of those who are re-creating the spirit of that
wonderful movie, it could be better than the original. Can't wait to see
I'm so excited for the sequel to The Other Side of Heaven! I have watched
it so many times, I think I have it memorized. I can't wait! I think
Natalie Medlock will be awesome playing Jean. I am excited that some of the
other original stars will be back, as well!
We’re thrilled for this sequel. I disagree that without Anne Hathaway it
won’t be as good, altyshe was great in the first film. It’s the
subject matter, the truthfulness and historical nature of the story and the
involvement of people like Davis and Christensen that will make the film great.
This is fantastic news, I loved "The Other Side of Heaven" and look
forward to part 2.Elder Groberg had a most interesting experience
and I'm grateful he has the courage and desire to share it with the world.
Having Mitch Davis as director again, is icing on the cake--may it make $100
million the first week on the street.!
Great to have Christopher Gorham back, but without Anne Hathaway, it won't
be nearly as good!