Legacy: A Mormon Journey

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Legacy: A Mormon Journey
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Directed byKieth Merrill
Produced byScott Swofford
Written byKieth Merrill
StarringKathleen Beller
Marcus Gilbert
Music byMerrill Jenson
CinematographyReed Smoot
Edited byKathleen Korth
Distributed byThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Release date
  • July 3, 1993 (1993-07-03) (Salt Lake City)[1]
Running time
53 min
CountryUnited States

Legacy: A Mormon Journey is a 53-minute film produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Legacy depicts the life of two recent converts from the 1830s to the 1890s. The characters are fictional, though the events they experience are historical.

The film was initially produced to be shown in the Legacy Theatre of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB), following the building's complete remodel. After the building's reopening, Legacy premiered on July 3, 1993.[1] In addition to screenings in the JSMB adjacent to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, it was shown at the visitors' centers at the church's Washington D.C. and Mesa Arizona temples. It was replaced in March 2000 by The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd.


Parts of the film were shot in Salt Lake City as well as New York, Wyoming, and Nauvoo, Illinois.[2] The scene 41 minutes in when Eliza's wagon slips in the mud was not staged. The rain was unexpected and the crew continued filming as the wagon actually slipped off the road. Marcus Gilbert as David Walker pulled Kathleen Beller as Eliza Williams to safety. Additionally, the actor playing Eliza's father broke his leg trying to control the horses. You can see his limp throughout the remainder of the film.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Legacy". Mormon Literature & Creative Arts database. Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2015-06-03.
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.



External links[edit]

  1. ^ Legacy (1993), retrieved 2018-10-03