I've seen it. I love it. I recommend it. But, let me tell you more about it. I'm a Mormon or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/LDS.
You may be wondering what this movie is all about. The Mormons? Who are we? Why are we releasing a MOVIE?
Is it a proselytizing movie? Are we trying to get you to join our church? No. & No. But it IS a movie about people. Real people. There's a beauty in diversity & we celebrate it in this movie by sharing the lives of 6 remarkable Mormons all over the world. You will fall in love with them. They share their hearts & make you want to be a better person!
CHARITY: Sharing is caring. All net proceeds go to The American Red Cross...our church isn't making money off of it. We simply want to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how faith in Him can make us all happy....and help others w/ the money made in theaters.
6 people who share their hearts with the world about HOW Christ's love has changed them. There's the bishop, the coach, the fighter, the candy bomber, the humanitarian & the missionary mom.
LOVE this man &* his family! Seriously THE cutest, coolest, family! His story is about his service in our church. He's called to serve as a bishop over a 'ward' or congregation of brothers & sisters in the Gospel. He talks about how this isn't his full-time job, it's his part-time service. He shares how he gets strength to serve from the love of His Savior. His wife & children are warm, loving (and the cutest kids!) They totally inspired me to be better in trying to support each other & be cheerful no matter my circumstances. It was a treat to meet Kembe, his wife. She's a hugger...& so am I so I love her! LOL!
This guy is COOL! He's the football coach for the NAVY! I loved his story about putting family & God first in his life, even before a high-stress job. The interaction between their family reminded me a lot of ours. We have teens & we have a lot of fun together..I could totally relate to that family bond. But, what I loved the MOST was seeing how dedicated they are to each other...through thick and thin. He talks about how he's been led by God to work on his weakness (anger) and was even counseled to learn to manage it so The Lord can bless him. I loved his humility and love for God..totally touched my heart. We really CAN change through our faith & love in Jesus Christ. While he wasn't able to be at the movie premier, I did get to hug his gorgeous family...LOVE his wife & kids...amazing family!
Such a cool story about a mom who is devoted to her faith, family and gets out & lives her dreams. She's a fighter! And her conversion to the Mormon church went against her Catholic family traditions and faith. But she & her parents share that even though they have different faiths, they will always love each other. THAT's what it's all about...loving each other. Just as Christ does...He loves us all. And you can really feel it during this story. Her husband & coach is AWESOME...totally supports her dreams & I loved the part where he says she's the queen in the home. *warmed my heart*. You can see the love they have for each other, their darling children, family & God. Plus- she's SUPER RAD in real life! So humble, gorgeous & TOUGH...I love her!
THE CANDY BOMBER:
Oh how I LOVED his story! This man was THE original "Candy Bomber" in WWII. His story is sooooo uplifting and inspiring. He shared how he got the thought to share some candy w/ the young German children. The thought, he says, came from the whisperings of the Holy Ghost- the messenger for God. He followed that guidance & ended up recruiting others to be Candy Bombers with him as they showered candy from their planes to spread cheer & hope to these German children. It will make you cry..I'm not kidding. Such a sweet story about a man who shares his love for serving others. He said that SERVICE is a sure-fire way to feel happiness & fulfillment. He & his wife were darling...LOVED meeting them! Can you believe they are over 90 years old?
Bishnu's story from Nepal just got my heart. I LOVED his story about helping those in his home country that are suffering and need help. He's dedicated his life to making their lives better with simple necessities like water and education. He was introduced to the Church when he lived in Russia from full-time missionaries who taught him about Jesus Christ. He believed & was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This love for God motivates him to love others as God loves them. He's certainly answered God's call to serve & help others. I loved hearing from his kids & wife. Such a wonderful family I was so inspired to do MORE for others!
When I met his darling kids, they were so friendly & hugged me! Don't you LOVE their traditional dresses? I didn't get a shot w/ Bishnu & his wife, but they were just as awesome!
THE MISSIONARY MOM:
Get your tissues ready. This story is a real tear-jerker. Dawn has been through some tough times, but she & her family share how making the choice to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives has completely changed them...for the better. Her husband is amazing. LOVED his story as well. My heart was so touched as I watched her share her faith & growth & change once she accepted Christ into her life. He really CAN change us- if we choose to let Him. Her story helped build my faith & I came out of there w/ tear stained cheeks & a grateful heart for the amazing affect Christ's love has on EVERYONE! No matter our story! It's GLORIOUS!
The playlist is awesome. Has one of my all time faves, Mindy Gledhill.
The lyrics of Glorious by David Archuleta really bring it all together:
There are times when you might feel aimless
You can't see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It's been there within you all along and when you're near it
You can almost hear it.
It's like a symphony just keep listenin'
And pretty soon you'll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it's glorious
You will know how to let it ring out as you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts
It's so amazin', what we're all creatin'
And as you feel the notes build
You will see
It's the kind of movie that you will feel uplifted and inspired. I think it will feed a world that is starving for good, motivating & uplifting movies! This movie will make you want to be a better person & share you OWN light with others! And like the words of the song says:
You will find that there is purpose, it's been there within you all along,
We need more light, more kindness, more love, more peace, don't you think? You will find that in this movie. I invite you to go see it...I don't think you will regret it!
In the end...this movie celebrates these ordinary people & their extraordinary lives. And the great thing is: there's something in each of their stories that we can ALL identify with...The movie comes out in theaters nation-wide on Friday, October 10, 2014. IF you don't see it in your area, you can request it HERE.