Saturday, June 22, 2013

Movie Review: A Story of Strength

This is a 1987 LDS Church movie to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Church in England.  Heber C. Kimball and a group of missionaries were the first missionaries in England in 1837.  They achieved significant success in the Preston area.  This movie tells the story of Wilford Woordruff who was inspired to go south.  There he is introduced to the Brethren, who had been a group in Herefordshire of about 600 people.  They mostly all joined the church as a group.  The local vicar sent a magistrate arrest to Woodruff for preaching.  The magistrate was baptized.  Next a couple Elders from the church were sent to see what was going on.  They were both baptized as well.  The movie concludes this period by pointing out a couple interesting facts.  There was a time when there were more members in England than the United States.  England contributed almost 100,000 to Utah.  The movie follows a group of pioneers, beginning with the critique of Charles Dickens of a group of Mormons on ship in London.
The presentation does not end here.  During the World Wars, the Church in England was on its own.  After WWII converts were instructed to remain in England, and build the church in their home country.  This included the establishment of a temple in England, and continued Church growth.

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