Members note impact of new Church film

Sacrifice, perseverance, and gratitude for temples were just some of the elements noted by members who watched a telecast April 3 and 4 of a new Church film commemorating the centennial of the Salt Lake Temple.

The film, "The Mountain of the Lord," which dramatizes the toil and sacrifices of the early saints to build the sacred edifice, was telecast via satellite between the Saturday and Sunday sessions of general conference to meetinghouses in the United States and Canada, and to other areas including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and West Indies.The 75-minute film was also shown on KSL-TV April 3 at noon, and on KBYU-TV on April 4 at 7 p.m. The film is now available on videocassette for $6 at Church distribution centers. (See March 20, 1993, issue of the Church News for article on the film.)

For members, such as Mark and Cyndy Weiss of the Redmond (Wash.) 1st Ward, the telecast was a uniting - of sorts - with other members of the Church. "I thought how showing that film involved us in the celebration of the temple," Brother Weiss said. "All throughout conference, the General Authorities made reference to the temple. Now my little kids have been spontaneously dancing around singing, `Happy anniversary [to the templeT.' I'm sure this is a result of this film."

Brother Weiss, who has been an ordinance worker in the Seattle Temple, and his wife have special feelings toward the Salt Lake Temple. They were married there June 13, 1975.

From the film, he related, his children learned the determination that went into constructing the temple. "When they saw the sacrifice that went into building the temple and the opposition the Church faced, they found that the ordinances of the temple were more precious in their eyes. Their desire to go to the temple was enhanced as a result of the film."

Members of the Rapid City South Dakota Stake also seemed to enjoy the film, said stake Pres. Robert L. Mitchell. He added that receiving telecasts from Church headquarters helps him in his responsibilities as a stake president. In teaching, he said, "you can refer back to broadcasts sent to us."

Pat Campbell of the Rapid City 3rd Ward said she was grateful for the film and its effect on her son, Dan. "Fifteen-year-olds are normally bored with life," she related. "I didn't think he'd sit through the film."

But Dan more than sat through it. He told the Church News his heart was touched by the portrayal "of the way the saints went to so much work to build the temple. They had perseverance."

He added that films like this help give him the strength to face problems.

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