List of films of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This list of films of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes the non-commercial motion pictures commissioned by or officially produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Feature length films are typically premiered and exclusively shown at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building's Legacy Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, before being released to Temple Visitors' Centers, and eventually home use. In the 1970s, the church also commissioned Brigham Young University to produce short films for use in the Church Educational System. These films, shown mostly in the seminaries and institutes of religion, teach religious principles, church history, and general kindness. Released on VHS (and, increasingly on DVD), they have become popular home entertainment. A wide variety of these films are now available through Brigham Young University's Creative Works Office.
These films differ from those of LDS cinema, which are produced without official church involvement.
|Title||Year of release||Duration||Plot / Notability||Reference|
|Hearts of the Children||1959||27 min.||Features President Joseph Fielding Smith and his emphasis on the importance of genealogy and temple work. Historical vignettes dramatize events from the lives of the Prophet Joseph Smith's ancestors in order to create interest in our own ancestors.|
|The Search for Truth||1962||41 min.||Documentary about the harmony of science and religion, featuring interviews with Wernher von Braun, Harvey Fletcher, and Henry Eyring.|||
|The Windows of Heaven||1963||50 min.||The story of Lorenzo Snow's revelation on tithing, while the church faces debt and drought.|
|A Family's Concern||1963||29 min.||A rancher's search for lost sheep and later for a lost boy is likened to the effort sometimes needed to locate lost genealogical information about ancestors. President David O. Mckay concludes the film by encouraging members in their genealogical responsibilities.|
|Man's Search for Happiness||1964||13 min.||Brief overview of the plan of salvation; produced for the 1964 New York World's Fair|||
|When Thou Art Converted||1967||29 min.||A hardworking elders quorum president finds that loving all the members of his quorum is not easy when one of those members is a strong business competitor. Emphasizes the importance of finding answers to life's problems in the scriptures. Starring Gordon Jump.|
|Worthy To Stand||1968||29 min.||A young lawyer devotes little time to his home teaching and finds his efforts of little value to his families. Discouraged, he asks for a release, because he considers his time to be precious. A letter from a missionary whose parents are separating helps him to see how he has failed. The missionary's prayer for his parents is answered as the home teacher helps them toward reconciliation.|
|Johnny Lingo||1969||24 min.||In Polynesia, Johnny has come to the island to bargain eight cows for Mahana to be his wife.|
|Pioneers in Petticoats||1969||44 min.||Young women form the Young Women's Retrenchment Society as resistance against worldly trends. Starring Gordon Jump.|
|What About Thad?||1970||20 min.||The story of a shy eight year old boy growing up without much love or acceptance from his family, teachers, or friends. Illustrates some of the problems in making the Church program work in his behalf. Featuring Gordon Jump.|
|A Day For Justin||1970||28 min.||The story of a boy who discovers for himself that self-sacrifice in the service of others brings blessings. Starring Johnny Whittaker.|
|Cipher in the Snow||1973||24 min.||The true story of a boy no one thinks is important. After his sudden death one winter morning, acquaintances begin to reflect on the needs of every individual child.|
|John Baker's Last Race||1976||35 min.||The true story of a champion athlete who is given only six months to live. His last race, with time itself, becomes his greatest as he dedicates his life to the children he teaches, making every child feel important.|
|The Phone Call||1977||24 min.||Scott is trying earn enough money for karate gear by working first as a paperboy, then at a Drive-in-Burger called Ripples; he is also trying to gain confidence to call Pam on a date.|
|The Mailbox||1977||24 min.||An elderly widow anxiously awaits mail from her family, but letters do not come. The neighbors make life bearable, but they cannot replace her family. Helps to motivate children and adults alike to maintain communication with their elderly parents and grandparents.|
|Uncle Ben||1978||27 min.||The true story of an alcoholic who seeks custody of nephews and a niece orphaned by an accident. As he faces the challenge to overcome his alcohol problem and be a good father, he realizes a greater reward than he had imagined.|
|Dream Big||1978||10 min.||Documents a true story about Glen Cunningham, who after a serious accident in his youth was told he would never walk again. Through determination and courage, Glen became a famous, record-breaking runner. Emphasizes how important it is to set goals high and work toward them.|
|The Trophy Case||1979||26 min.||Randy, a teenager, tries to gain his father's approval by excelling in sports. Randy wants more independence, but his father feels the need to be firm in his guidance as long as he is providing for his son. The ending song "If I Could dream" was written and performed by Merrill Jenson.|
|The Emmett Smith Story||1979||23 min.||Emmett Smith is a runner and coach at Cortez High School in Phoenix Arizona. When he develops a brain tumor, he gets surgery and is told he may never run again. After that he is determined to regain his balance and focus as he's struggling to run with the students. Meanwhile another student, Cindy Duncan, is crippled and confined to a wheelchair, but is determined to be able to walk on crutches and then walk without them.|
|Blind Love||1979||25 min.||A blind man is going to have eye surgery but his wife is worried, thinking she'll look ugly to him. Takes place in the 1940s era. Music is composed by Merrill Jenson.|
|Begin with the End in Mind||1979||29 min.||As a result of an argument between a father and his son, the father is motivated to increase his effectiveness as a teacher in the Church. By getting help and by using meetinghouse library materials, he improves both his teaching and his communication with his son.|
|The Drop Card||1980||15 min.||The story of a first-year college student who needs help and of a teacher who takes time to be her friend. Points out that feelings of inadequacy are extremely common in human experience, and can be overcome.|
|In One Blinding Moment||1980||16 min.||Depicts a father's struggle with bitterness toward the teenage driver of a car that killed his young son. One day the father sees a sign made by his son that says "Love One Another." His whole attitude changes, and he seeks to help the boy who killed his son. Music is composed by Merrill Jenson.|
|Greater Love||1980||14 min.||A young boy needs a blood transfusion to survive after a car accident. Because he has a rare blood type, only his sister can give the blood immediately. When the boy is out of danger after the transfusion, his sister reveals the depth of her love for him.|
|Joseph Smith: The Man||1980||9 min.||The years between our day and the time of the Prophet Joseph Smith are effectively spanned as Lethe Tatge recounts to a group of children what her great-grandfather told her of his first hand experiences with the prophet.|
|Mr. Krueger's Christmas||1980||26 min.||A widowed janitor (played by James Stewart) yearns for company on Christmas and daydreams about the spirit of the holiday.|
|A Marvelous Work Begins||1982||17 min.||Some of the major events in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon are dramatized, including the loss of the 116 pages of original manuscript.|
|The Last Leaf||1984||24 min.||O. Henry's story about a dying young girl, and her artist neighbor (played by Art Carney) who yearns to paint his masterpiece.|||
|The Award||1985||45 min.||Some high school football players plan on giving an award to the ugliest girl in school. But one teenage boy learns about her beauty inside and how she helps kids with disabilities; he later decides to give the best award for making a difference to the kids in need.|
|The Power of the Word||1986||30 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series, volume 7. The power of the Lord's word is compared with other dynamic and subtle powers that are around us every day. The story of Marie and her efforts to use the scriptures to influence an inactive father, a wavering friend, and a Sherem-like antagonist illustrate the power of Scriptures to resist temptation. Note: The two World Trade Center towers in New York are featured in this video before they were destroyed on September 11, 2001.|
|Lay Hold upon the Word||1986||30 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series, volume 8. Electrical and spiritual power are compared. Reading for understanding and then applying the scriptures in our own life are essential skills illustrated by this story. Gary's experiences parallel the story of the broken bow in the Book of Mormon.|
|A "Mighty Change"||1986||30 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series, volume 9. Three stories illustrate the role of prayer and scripture study in the process of experiencing a "mighty change" of heart. An analogy is drawn between physical birth and spiritual rebirth.|
|All Things Have Their Likeness||1987||15 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series volume, 10. Two presentations provide visual support for a lesson on interpreting symbolic language in the scriptures. The first presentation, a visual interpretation of the symbols in an ordinance used in Moses' time, emphasizes the elements of blood, ears, hands, and feet. The second presentation focuses on the process of the seed-soil-rain-wheat-flour food chain, which is similar to the revelation-scripture-study-ponder-power-in-your-life chain.|
|A Lamp unto My Feet||1987||45 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series, volume 11. The word of the Lord is light, which has a variable effect upon people according to their individual perception. This presentation is a visual role play of how the scriptures are used (or not used) to provide direction in the lives of Jed Fischer, his sister Brenda, and two of their nonmember friends. This presentation is also the introduction to a series of "look for" comprehension skills.|
|Look to God and Live||1987||30 min.||Part of the "Hold to the Rod" series, volume 12. It focuses on the scriptures as a tool to help those who know about God really come to know him. Kelly Jordan is a young man whose lifestyle is alienating him from his family and from God. With the scriptures as a guide, Kelly's mother and father formulate an unusual plan to help Kelly learn to "look to God and live."|
|How Rare a Possession||1987||64 min.||The story of Parley P. Pratt's conversion. Also depicts an Italian pastor converted to the Book of Mormon, which he found unidentified with its title torn off. Shows scenes from the Book of Mormon.|
|Together Forever||1987||25 min.||A documentary about individuals and families whose lives were improved through the Plan of Salvation.|
|On the Way Home||1992||33 min.||A family grieves after their daughter dies, before learning how they can be reunited through the Plan of Salvation.|
|To This End Was I Born||1992||27 min.||A depiction of Jesus Christ in the final days in the Passover supper, the suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, the trail in Jerusalem leading up to his crucifixion on the cross at Calvary, the spirit world and his resurrection from the tomb.|
|The Mountain of the Lord||1993||72 min.||Wilford Woodruff recounts the story of the building of the Salt Lake Temple, in a film commemorating the centennial of its dedication.|
|Legacy||1993||52 min.||Follows the life and struggles of a small group of early converts to the church, beginning in the eastern United States through their journey and settlement in pioneer Utah.|||
|The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd||2000||67 min.||Portrays events that occurred in the Book of Mormon from shortly before Jesus' birth until shortly after His visit to the peoples of the Americas.|||
|Finding Faith in Christ||2003||30 min.||A depiction of Jesus Christ's life, including the ministry in Jerusalem, his suffering and death on the cross and his resurrection from the tomb.|
|Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration||2005||60 min.||Portrays the life of Joseph Smith, Jr.; released in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Smith's birth.|||
|Meet the Mormons||2014||78 min.||Documents the lives of six devout Mormons living across the world. Received a PG MPAA rating, and was distributed by the LDS Church to movie theaters, both firsts for the church.|||
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