Monday, October 20, 2014

Meet the Mormons--the film

Last Saturday Eric and I went and saw the film, Meet the Mormons. I was happy that he agreed to see it because I wanted to watch it in the theater before it was available to stream online.  We went with another couple from church (who just happen to be the bishop and his wife.) I am Mormon (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as LDS.) Eric is not LDS, but he is as supportive a spouse as I could possibly hope for despite us not being of the same faith. I love him so much.

In a brief 70 minutes the film focuses on 6 LDS individuals from around the world and their unique stories. Belief in God plays a large role in their lives, but mostly the stories are just about the people, their accomplishments and challenges. It did not feel heavy handed. It did not feel like an hour-long commercial. It felt like a glimpse into the window of other people's lives who just happen to be Mormon.

I wish I could tell you which story was my favorite of the 6, but they were all wonderful. I was very touched by the final story of the once struggling mom who sees her teenage son off on his mission, but I think everyone who sees the film will find some element of it with which they can identify. Why? Because it is about people and our similarities. When we focus on what we have in common, as opposed to our differences, everyone's a winner.

Whether you are LDS or not, have questions or not, I encourage you to see it. You will be uplifted and leave with a smile. There aren't many movies that can promise that--and all proceeds from the film go to the American Red Cross. (More on this here.)

Below is a link to the film's website, where you can watch the trailer, find a showing in your area, and listen to American Idol's David Archuleta sing the beautiful song, Glorious, which is highlighted at the end of the film.

Meet the Mormons Official Website

See it. It will touch your heart.

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