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Based on the best selling series by Gerald N. Lund, the Work and the Glory blends high-powered fiction with true events from the life of Joseph Smith. Experience the tragedies and triumphs of the Steed family amid the raging controversy that surrounds the teachings of one of the most influential religious leaders in American history. Direction: Russell Holt Actors: Alexander Carroll, Brenda Strong, Brighton Hertford, Eric Johnson, Special Features: Widescreen format. Language: English Year: 2004 Runtime: 110 minutes.
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I was pleasantly surprised. I found the depictions of the characters to be fairly realistic. I generally do not like any form of Christian entertainment if it is written by Christians, since they tend to avoid the bad language and activities that people who are either not religious or whom are going through a crisis might use/engage in. To me this pulls me out of the stories. A prime example of this is the first book in the left behind series which uses the phrase "opinions are like egos, everyone has one" which was uttered by an adulterous pilot. A christian author will usually not use profanity in a book which depicts a character who would. I find it distracting.
That being said, I didn't get the sense that the LDS was beating the theology over my head or shoving Joseph Smith as American Moses down my throat. The prophet was shown to be a regular man, and the people around him distrusted him, though him a liar, physically attacked him, etc. Families are torn about whether to trust this man, or write him off as a lunatic or a man deceived by the devil. These are realistic responses to someone who claims to be visited by angels and be in possession of a secret book he can't show anyone.
So regardless if you are a member of the LDS or Community of Christ or not, if you want to know a little about the history of the church and its people, what times were like in America back then, then check this out. Not all the characters are historical, the main family it follows is a fictional one, but it still gives some realistic representations. Its adult enough to keep a regular secular audience entertained, and its still family friendly enough to be able to watch this with kids. I liked it enough to want to order the rest of them, and I might actually just pick up the books they are based off of.
If, and I am sure what he ( The Lord Jesus Christ ) said is true, by their fruits you shall know them, this is what I was searching for all my life.
I have read and heard many negative comments about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life and since joining the church and I thank God I have an open mind and decided to look into it myself.
The Church is the most Christ centered church I have ever attended and believe me, I attended them all.
I pray with a sincere heart that if you are reading my post and are not already a member, it is not by chance but The Father of all truth led you here, have an open mind and pray with a sincere heart and ask God the Father to lead you into the path of his desire.
Knock and it shall be opened unto you, seek and ye shall find, ask and it will be given to you.
Oh, the movie or series of movies, there are 3 was excellent, it is about a family seeking the truth and it isn't centered on the Prophet Joseph Smith's.
Had I paid $2 for this movie, then it would be a different story. I paid $11.xx for it.
What a shame!!! This is the first time I’ve been disgusted with an order from Amazon!!!!
I order from amazon every week (or more) and I’ll be rethinking where I send my business to.
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novels from Mormon writer Gerald N Lund's series of nine
novels which carry the same title.
DVD 1 The Opening Chapter: introduces us to the fictional
Steed family and their struggles during the early part
of the 1800's in Vermont, Palmyra NY and Missouri.
The family is introduced to Joseph Smith (the fledgling
Mormon Prophet) as he comes to help out on their farm
as a hired hand, already burdened by his visions and
revelations about the Gold Plates which he eventually
presented to the world as The Book of Mormon.
[running time 100 minutes]
DVD 2 American Zion: portrays the problems encountered by the
Steed's as some of the family follow the young prophet and
join his new church. Hatred and opposition from outsiders
culminates in their being driven off their land and one
son, the profligate Joshua brings terror to the whole
area as he sides with mob rule. [running time 100 minutes]
Disc 3 A House Divided: see's the Steed family facing the
gathering mob and the financial ruin of the young church.
The Kirtland Temple has been built, leaving a massive debt.
The Prophet persuades the flock to create their own banking
system, called The Kirtland Safety Society Bank. Within a
month of it's opening, the bank founders, and falls
bringing more debt and despair. The Steed's are eventually
reunited with errant son Joshua who see's the error of
his ways, and there the film ends.
[Running time 90 minutes]
The budget for this epic ran to over Seven Million Dollars
and the Directors Russ Holt and Sterling Van Wagonen have
done a brilliant job of recreating the American frontier
towns and period costumes of the era. It is about as
historically accurate as one can get, if you allow for
the fact that the LDS history is doctored for an audience
unfamiliar with the facts.
Joseph Smith, played by Canadian, Jonathan Scarfe, does
a good job of portraying the earnest, self-believing
young Prophet. The storyline is fair, if a little uneven, we
have Smith baptising one convert prior to the establishment
of the church which seems puzzling if one considers LDS history.
We are given a sweetened and perhaps doctored account of The
First Vision and as with all films, made by Mormons, Joseph
Smith is depicted as an almost perfect human being. History
shows he was not. No sign of Oliver Cowdery his scribe for
translating the gold plates either?
This is a well made and excellent account of pioneer life
in 1830's frontier America. The fact that the story
ends where it does, and that we learn no more of the Steed
family or the fledgling church leaves a lot of questions
unanswered. Surely there has to be a sequel? If only for
those not familiar with this aspect of American history.
Joesph Smith was far too interesting a personage to be left
in movieland limbo. After all, the whole purpose of Lund's
novels was to provide a vehicle for portraying the life
of the Mormon Prophet. Why leave the story only half told?
I would have expected more of two Directors who are
both highly regarded academics at Brigham Young University.
Nevertheless it is a good film.
I feel that it deserves a 5 star rating for the brilliant
cinematography and attention to historical detail in the
sets and costumes.
The casting of the blond handsome Jonathan Scarfe as
Brother Joseph, his fellow Canadian actor Eric Johnson
as the dangerous and wily Joshua Steed and Alexander
Carroll as the younger brother Nathan Steed should set
many a female heart a flutter and bring the actors even
Well worth watching, either for it's Mormon content
or just as a pioneer family saga of a lost era.
Released in 2005,
Total running time with Trailers 300 mins.