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Bright Lights in the Desert: The Latter-day Saints of Las Vegas         http://truth-and-reason.com/A-E_LasVegas.html

 

 

                             Before the Strip became popular as center for gaming, Las Vegas was established as an outpost along the Mormon Trail to California.  It was first settled by missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the town grew, members of this faith were heavily involved in politics, banking, and building. As casinos grew and the mafia gained strength here, it was the no-guff LDS Sheriff who kept the mob controlled, and LDS members of government who helped corporate powers push them out. Today, the parts of Las Vegas that exist away from the strip have continued to grow as a family friendly city where many strong families have been raised for generations. One of the famed performing groups in town is the All-youth Zion's Youth Symphony & Chorus, largely composed of accomplished Latter-day Saint Jr. and Sr. High students. As one of the brightest lights in the city, the LDS Temple on Sunrise Mountain gives many a place for solitude and growth.

This story includes the true account of how a predominantly white LDS Las Vegas church learned that the primarily black Greater Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church had burned nearly to the ground in 1983, the LDS community joined with the Baptist community to clean up the mess, raise funds, rebuild, and participate in the dedication of their new chapel.  In return, the Baptists helped with the needed zoning approval for the LDS Las Vegas Temple which was eventually dedicated in 1989.  Busloads of Baptists toured the LDS Temple prior to its dedication. 

 

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The Latter-day Saint Image in the British Mind.                  https://youtu.be/jtMZYPfdcFg       Released in 2021

 

          How has The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints been perceived in Britain over the years? By way of background: On April 6, 1830, an inspiring new Christian faith held their first worship service in America guided by the instruction of Heaven. Seven years later, a small contingent of faithful church leaders on a prophetic mission, arrived in Britain and began introducing this faith from pulpits and porches. Before long, it was received as an answer to the prayers of many, and within a few short years, Britain outshined America for the highest number of LDS members. With heated opposition, along with immigration to America, the numbers in Britain then dwindled. 150 years later however, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has again emerged as a beneficial contributor to the British landscape. What events have shaped this growth and growing acceptance? This film has been produced to document the efforts and faithfulness of the many who have contributed to the growth of this Christian faith within the British Isles.

 

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Saints of Tonga: A Century of Island Faith            https://www.byutv.org/player/9b328f89-ad74-427a-a0b6-c895ad7dea6d/saints-of-tonga-a-century-of-island-faith-saints-of-tonga-a-century-of-island-faith              Released 2019

 

         Just over 100 years ago, LDS missionaries began teaching the people of Tonga the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. After being initially skeptical, those who reflected upon their message began to feel a familiarity with the principles and historical aspects of the Book of Mormon, which paralleled their own culture.  This growing understanding strengthened their faith and gave way to testimony and conversion. Today Tonga has the highest per capita percentage of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of any country in the world, and the Church continues to grow there.  The churches flagship educational facility in the Pacific, Liahona High School, is also in Tonga as a light to all the world.

 

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Melting The Ice: A History of the Latter-day Saints in Alaska                 https://youtu.be/PtYMRdNkMzA        Released 2017

 

          With over 34,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now living in Alaska, this story of how they emerged as a major Religion in the state is one of interest to member and non-member alike.

         

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Laie: A Refuge From the Storm    https://youtu.be/z0ACZh2pAew             Released 2015     

 

          The 150th anniversary of the town of Laie Hawaii.  This town on the NE shore of Oahu houses a major university, (Brigham Young University-Hawaii), the most popular paid tourist attraction in the Hawaiian Islands, (The Polynesian Cultural Center), and the first Island temple of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Hawaiian Temple).  Each is the result of prayer and revelation.

 

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Divine Providence: The Wreck and Rescue of the Julia Ann            https://youtu.be/EoQtUyAyrWk               Released in 2014

 

          On a night in 1855, the crash of the ship striking coral awoke the group of Australian saints. The bow of the Julia Ann flew into the air and the waves and rocks quickly tore it apart. The survivors reached a desert island but with almost no food or water. Only the power of God could save them from death.  This is a true story of faith and deliverance.

 

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Finding Refuge In El Paso                https://youtu.be/muR306Pqrig                 Released in 2012

 

          During the Mexican Revolution in 1912, over 4000 Mormon refugees who fled Mexico for their lives were welcomed by the good people of El Paso.  This is the story of their reasons for being in Mexico as United States refugees, their flight from Mexico, and of the generosity shown them by complete strangers in El Paso.

 

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Mormon Yankees                            https://youtu.be/bROnKLG377c               Released 2011

 

          In the 1950's, as basketball was emerging down under as a bonafied sport, LDS (Mormon) Missionaries were able to use their basketball skills to bring awareness to their faith as well as to this sport.  They taught clinics, played exhibition matches, and generally taught the Australians how to play the game, and in the process, gained entrance into there homes and into their hearts.  This 27 minute documentary tells of that development.

 

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That Promised Day                             https://youtu.be/OicPnCY4GGk              Released 2010  

 

          This documentary film outlines the development of the 1979/1981 editions of the LDS Bible and Book of Mormon.  It explains how so many wonderful tools were made available in these publications, including how we got the Topical Guide, the Bible Dictionary, the Joseph Smith Translation, Chapter headings, three columns of footnotes and unique footnote numbering, etc.

 

  

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Accounts of Faith

 

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Alex Bo’ye – How I Found Faith.  -  https://youtu.be/RjwrgH6eWNQ

 

 

Returning to Faith

 

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Dusty Smith - https://youtu.be/4ev0FC5xYWg

 

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Ann Clark - https://youtu.be/7MkG4C6N4TU

 

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Robert Jones - https://youtu.be/cpi2s9YgKcc

 

 

 

 

 

 

BURNINGS OF THE HEART

The Story of William Tyndale

 

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Early Trailer - https://youtu.be/MoAm6KFwI1Y

 

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Additional award-winning dramatic shorts created by Martin Andersen include the following:

 

 

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Turning Point                                      https://youtu.be/w-gCTCI6k9Y                    released in 1996

 

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A Warm Heart                                     https://youtu.be/d7Bn2P9Kuzo      released in 2005.    https://youtu.be/mXhyD7nd5ko

 

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Quest For A Go-Getter                        https://youtu.be/Z4B1WwsUkH8      released in 1991.  https://youtu.be/1YoObft8e0U

 

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Follow Your Heart     released in 1998     -     https://youtu.be/Nq0PspdiXB8

 

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Navigate Your Destiny       released in 1999     -     https://youtu.be/Z0TZaSHDZWc

 

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Soaring To Nu Heights     released in 1995     -    https://youtu.be/I-btzeSuBE0

 

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Walls      released in 2001.     -     https://youtu.be/vODC0FIw6kg

 

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Journey To Harmony     released in 2002    -   https://youtu.be/ZtpyVtLrWcY

 

 

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Reach For The Stars     -    1995  -     https://youtu.be/MPis169lSWE

 

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Take The Lead.    -     2006     -  https://youtu.be/R0Oyr_gSR40

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Go Above and Beyond     released in 1998.  -   https://youtu.be/gPHCNqbVBX0

 

 

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Explanatory video about Dreamstealers Series.  -  https://youtu.be/PGhvaCU6now

 

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Rising Star Trek (Dreamstealers)  -   1990   -  https://youtu.be/L_mo-cJtSHY

 

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Dreamstealers II (Field of Dreams)  -   1991 - https://youtu.be/1RA4JbHa7gA

 

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Back To The Vision (Dreamstealers III)   - 1992   -  https://youtu.be/1uPCTv_Rfog

 

 

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Fool’s Bluff (Dreamstealers IV)     -         1994   -    https://youtu.be/aCecr3rr_TI

 

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The Dark Knight (Dreamstealers V)       -    1995                https://youtu.be/iy6orgzM6XY

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Treasure Chest (Dreamstealers VI)     -   1996    -  https://youtu.be/S4cBISNAnx8

 

 

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Blue Diamonds Are Forever (Dreamstealers VII)     -    2004.  -  https://youtu.be/MeyxzqzhzVk

 

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Making A Difference Every Day     -2005 -   https://youtu.be/RaQj4QesmUo