Christensen took some artistic license in producing the movie. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. It was meant to showcase the faith of those who undertook the journey, and make me wonder how I can exhibit such faith in my life. But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. So he said to the paralyzed man, Get up, take your mat and go home. Then the man got up and went home. Levi Savage seemed to be the only sensible one in the group that knew what they would be facing. While members of the LDS faith will mostly be familiar with the Martin and Willie handcart trek, most will be overwhelmed at the number of challenges and miracles that are depicted in this film. Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. While Mormon culture provides multiple ways to hear pioneer stories, there is a pattern to how the stories are told. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. . He saw at the waters edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 2022 Giving Company Accessibility Statement Privacy Policy. Jesus healed a woman of Canaan (Matthew 15:22-28). We are supported primarily by donations from families such as yours. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Though this is an incomplete list according to John 21:25:"Jesus did many other things as well. This illustrates that miracles were for a purposeto demonstrate God 's power. Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. While the film does an excellent job balancing the portrayal of miracles with the reality of death, the narrative seems to uphold the tradition that no one who survived murmured about the personal price of reaching Zion. While there in Utah we looked it up and made a special effort to go see it in the theater. That said, the film is not without its flaws. I recommend it for everybody, member or non-member. Jesus cured a demon-possessed man (Matthew 12:22). The story of the Mormons' journey to their Zion is played out through the eyes of Brother Levi Savage. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we dont know. Some of the strong may get through in case of bad weather, but the bones of the weak and old will strew the way. It does make one wonder. This is a timeless story of a truly faithful and dedicated people who believed fully in their trek to the Mormon "Zion". The project started two years ago, when Christensen and producer Ron Tanner were intrigued by the famous rescue at the Sweetwater River. True stories, that is what I want to know about and this was one story of the West that I didn't know. ), THANK YOU! Even the winds and the waves obey him!. "He was just a guy. When the wine was gone, Jesus mother said to him, They have no more wine. Woman,why do you involve me? Jesus replied. Please, do not use any photos on this blog without my permission. Is this your son? they asked. This one takes the biscuit. 15. The Miracles in the Life of Elijah The Lord did mighty miracles in the life of His prophet: 1) The prophet caused the rain to cease for three and a half years (1 Kings 17:1). The pioneers had very little clothing. Director T.C. Neither technique is necessarily superior; they are simply different modes of writing history. It is difficult to experience anxiety while all other visual cues indicate sublimity. It was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. For information on the DVD or Blu-Ray, visit, Email: He was also inspired by Savage's faith and courage. That would have been comfort food for them. Mothers carried children and young babies along the trail. Note: By 1850, the Mormons had 30,747 members in Great Britain compared with 21,092 in North America. I am so glad you saw this and left this comment, Yaya. He is of age; he will speak for himself. His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. If not the DVD and Blu-ray are now available thru Deseret Book Company. Christensen's movie focuses on 17 of the many miracles experienced by families in the two handcart companies, some of which aren't widely known. The acting was amazing, each actor fitting with the character they portrayed like fingers to the metaphorical glove. Jesus loosened the tongue of a man who could not speak (Matthew 9:32-33). They were so violent that no one could pass that way. Many died on the journey from starvation and the cold. When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. Directed by T. C. Christensen. 10. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied, They do not need to go away. Nearly 1,000 pioneers made up the Martin and Willie companies that crossed the plains late in the season of 1856 and encountered harsh winter weather in Wyoming, delaying their journey to the Salt Lake Valley. 27. However, this tense forest looks like most other Christensen depictions of nature: bright and alive. And when he voices sound advice to not leave so late in the season, he is labeled an apostate and called to repentance. I wish more films would be made like this, true stories that makes one research further details. Excel Entertainment and Remember Films, 2011. Jesus sent him home, saying, Dont even go into the village.. Its not a faith of equality. beautifully shot with not bad acting. Compared to everyday life, the sun shines brighter in Christensen's world. Come out of him! The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. "There was something that happened within those people that drove testimony into their hearts," he said. The girl is not dead but asleep. But they laughed at him. When he had spit on the mans eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, Do you see anything? He looked up and said, I see people; they look like trees walking around. Once more Jesus put his hands on the mans eyes. Christensen Writers T.C. To rise up people hopes just so they can drag half way across the US to the promised land and die while on the journey is wrong. The journal of Levi Savage (Jason Wade) provides great insights into the trials and miracles of the handcart pioneers. Sign in to rate and Watchlist for personalized recommendations. Their trek left too late in the fall and they ended up struggling to survive the harsh winter, starvation and more as they continued on. I am very well acquainted with the story of how my ancestors went through difficulties to arrive in Salt Lake City. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. 17 Miracles is a 2011 historical adventure film directed by T. C. Christensen. Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? The acting is amazing. All rights reserved. T. C. Christensen is a well-known Mormon cinematographer, most known for his work in the movies 17 Miracles, Testaments, and The Work and the Glory. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 11:4-5; John 2:11; 10:25; 20:30-31). Immediately they received their sight and followed him. Glad you like the movie! This is a great family film but not a movie for young children. 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When Levi Savage, a former Mormon Battalion member and missionary to Asia, agrees to assist the Willie Handcart Company as they journey to Salt Lake City in 1856, the late start and onset of a bitter winter leaves the pioneers unprepared and suffering as they cross the plains of the Midwestern United States. I would say that not too many Mormons would like that book, that is my guess anyway. 29. Traditional pioneer stories generally serve as examples of enduring to the end. Go, he told him, wash in the Pool of Siloam (this word means Sent). As the writer, producer and director of the popular film, Christensen offers a literary version of the director's commentary in 122-page book. Mrs. Mellor had given up and would not go on. Jesus turns water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. He possesses a talent to create palpable environments where lighting, costuming, and settings combine to quicken the past and its dead. I really, really enjoyed this movie. . They were intended to be a proof to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ (Matt. the first "brethren" appeared in the dialog just sounded like those movies about communists calling "comrade" to each other. I'm not criticizing the movie, just my ancestors for making such horrible mistakes which cost many of them their lives. After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan. Have you come to destroy us? For all that I liked the pseudo history of the movie. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. Some flew in from different states and countries to be part of the movie. Jesus cured a boy who was plagued by a demon (Matthew 17:14-21). These were mostly poor immigrants from the British Isles and Scandinavia who arrived late in the season and had no recourse but to continue on to Utah even though there was the potential for bad weather. Note: By 1850, the Mormons had 30,747 members in Great Britain compared with 21,092 in North America. May God in his mercy bless and preserve us" (Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, ed., Journal of the Trail [1997], 3031). Louisa said a prayer and asked God to help them. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, Dont cry. Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. T.C. At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, Jesus altered the chemical composition from water to wine. Learn more here: http://www.17miracles.comAs part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead . Christensen's film "17 Miracles" was released last year, Mormon audiences embraced the compelling pioneer stories of courage and inspiration. Brother Moyle settled in Alpine and was called to be a stonemason on the Salt Lake Temple. That is the plot. 8. It is heartbreaking to watch this film and to see the children that die on the way, so sad. Christensen's "17 Miracles" is something of a miracle itself. Then he said to her, Daughter, your faith has healed you. The movie in my opinion tries not to be over-dramatic and in some ways under-plays the suffering of the pioneers when you consider the temperature, with wind-chill factor would have approached minus 50 degrees. Filmmaker T.C. Levi Savage tried to persuade the leaders to wait until spring to make the journey. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them. Instead, he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. The first few seconds are somewhat disturbing like a horror film but as the stories unfold, miracle after miracle will leave your heart with shock and awe The stories are beautifully written and they come to life in every frame. If you believe Jesus worked miracles watch this you will probably enjoy it. He reached out his hand and touched the man. It all reminds me not to take my blessings of a roof over my head and a heading pad in my lap for granted! Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints do believe in miracles. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. GOD Experience God! Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood From Sea To Shinin Two Walking Canes and Six Kinds of Greens, The Mormon Handcart Pioneers "17 Miracles". The most interesting part of this movie is My Great Grandmother experienced one of the miracles, A decent LDS (Mormon) film about pioneers, Copyright 2019 Living Scriptures Inc. |. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. The sun continues to shine brightly despite the intensity of the situation. And I see more each time I watch. Reciting a daily log of a wagons supply inventories would not be a pioneer story. But many had questions about what was historically accurate and what was artistically altered. It was a reassurance not only in the christian faith but in faith of our fellowman. To correct what someone posted, we do believe that Jesus Christ is Jehovah of the Old Testament. The Willie Handcart Company treks across America to the Salt Lake Valley, experiencing many trials and deaths, as well as 17 miracles. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46). Christensen Gary Cook Pat D. Smart Stars Jasen Wade Emily Wadley Jason Celaya See production, box office & company info Watch on Prime Video included with Prime Faith and Family-Focused Reviews for Todays Media. That was why his parents said, He is of age; ask him. A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. Good to read what happened afterwards in the credits. There is one final struggle between narrative styles I would like to consider: the struggle between faith and disagreement. Savage disappears into the role of a narrator for forty minutes. This disc is certainly a must to own! Jesus said to them, Take off the grave clothes and let him go.. He is currently a second-year PhD student at the University of Maryland in theatre and performance studies. In Mark's day, people would have believed in miracles and . Find out today Proof God exists Scientific proof of God God's love The love of God is the reason why you are alive God loves you! Their is a lot of comic relief and romance. God has come to help his people. This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country. (sorry my post is so long! Even though this was a terrible tragedy, the image of the pioneers pulling a handcart is a powerful symbol of faithfor the Church of the Latter Day Saints. English Standard Version Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. Wade has kept a daily journal for 20 years and felt a connection to Savage. Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again. Then they remembered his words. Doesnt each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? When it comes to the New Testament, it is gloriously true that Jesus did miracles perfectly and consistently, though even he raised only three people from the dead and didn't heal people in many places where he traveled or where he didn't travel. Those people had a whole lot of faith to make a journey like that. I simply loved it. As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, Have mercy on us, Son of David! When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? Yes, Lord, they replied. We believe that under the direction of His Father, Jehovah created this world and in the meridian of time left His position as God to come to this world to offer Himself as a sacrifice and that through faith, repentance and baptism we can be forgiven of our sins and be allowed to return to His and His Fathers presence. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.. Give glory to God by telling the truth, they said. Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. The survival of the love that Sarah exemplified. They hadn't taken the journey. It is as though Christensens cinematography gives vision to the paradisiacal glory of the Millennial Earth. 14. He had been one of those who had rescued the survivors of the Donner Party from theSierraNevada. Were the majority of them so newly arrived to this country that they had no idea of the length of the journey or the severity of winters on the plains? Lord, he said, my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly. Jesus said to him, Shall I come and heal him? The centurion replied, Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. Why Did Jesus Designate Harsher Punishment for Those Who Hurt Children? The film emphasizesthe documentedmiracles that occurred during the journey. We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we dont even know where he comes from. The man answered, Now that is remarkable! I was bored with the dialog and predictability, but there are a few positive moments in the film that help to buoy it up. This is not just a story for Mormons but for all Americans. (Mormons). Many of them were . this movie is for those strongly religious faithfuls, not for atheist non-believers (i, for one) who never believes god almighty was not a make-belief invention and imagination made by those self-serving and self-righteous rich and powerful persons or parties to subordinate those born poor and lowly. How is it that now he can see? We know he is our son, the parents answered, and we know he was born blind. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. By what name was 17 Miracles (2011) officially released in Canada in English? However, when the telling of the pioneer miracle stories begins, the film fairly abruptly switches to vignettes. But the more he read the script, the more fascinated he became with the handcart pioneers. I wish I could say that I am as strong and faithful as these people were. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven. At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, This fellow is blaspheming! Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? "Will anyone that is a descendant of the Willie, Martin, Hodges's companies or the rescuers stand up?" 4. Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:5-8). News of this spread through all that region. See production, box office & company info, The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd, The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith. After I saw this movie I wondered if it would be a good one to show non-members and if they would get the real meaning behind it or just think that the people were dumb to make that trek or the Church was dumb to ask it of them. Lord, have mercy on my son, he said. Christensen knows what audiences are thinking. The people were amazed and . 3. 9. Jesus cured two demoniacs (Matthew 8:28-34). One morning he was preparing his pack to leave the house and his wife asked him where he was going. I'm not a great fan of coincidents, although somebody like Philip Yancy would argue those are the best pieces of evidence that you have for a miracle. You dont know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Second: If god is alive and well (and I believe he is) then he would look down upon the events and in this movie and say"this is not what I am had in mind when I told you to go forth" For a church to belittle or ridicule a person for telling people that making the crossing across the Oregon trail during winter is wrong, is NOT what god had in mind when he said "sacrifice leads to heaven".
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