17 Miracles is a 2011 film directed by T. C. Christensen. Savage is later chastized by another LDS leader, Franklin D. Richards, for being “divisive” in his comments. He also had the main historical consultant Jolene answer each question and provide some additional story and evidence for some of the miracles in the film. Some people think they’re not all that special and believe their lives don’t have much meaning. The Mormon pioneers trek across the plains. T-1.I.16. Pretending that they didn’t exist because their presence in modern biographies becomes inconvenient for modern audiences makes it seem that way. So tone yourself back and judge the movie for what it was, not what it was not. The white on black seemed more “movie-like” per the site theme, but it does seem to be difficult to read for some people. 17 Miracles has a revisionist history problem, and I don’t mean combining the two handcart companies into one, or switching the chronology of some of the events — both perfectly acceptable decisions from a story-telling standpoint. My great-great grandmother is Sarah Franks. There were miracles in the Old Testament, especially at certain times as with Moses and Elijah, but miracles began to increase when Christ arrived on the scene. How does one explain the existence of a divine, all-powerful God who claims to love His children with the amount of mass suffering and tragedy visible in every corner of the globe. Obviously you didn’t listen very well or are a product of the public school system. No blowing smoke, no glorifying no cover up. A lot of people have polygamist heritage. The Mormon Handcart story of 17 Miracles deserves an Academy Award, for cinematography, for best screenplay, for editing, and for best acting by many of the cast who didn't have to act because the role they played was more real than life. It was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. People vote for the same corrupt politicians who have looted them for years. ( Log Out / When a doctor at Phoenix Children's Hospital treated two siblings for serious conditions just a few years apart, the outcome was nothing short of miraculous. As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jason Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. The film was released in select theaters across the United States in the summer of 2011. I am very proud, blessed and happy to be a Latter Day Saint. A T.C. Our family saw 17 Miracles and loved it. Best wishes. Savage was condemned for his recital of what might be expected on our journey. Walking 1200 miles dragging a cart would be a challenge for anyone, but particularly for these ragtag groups from England without “frontier” experience, many of them older seniors, and families with young children. (Some call it foolishness of voters, I count it as a miracle). Lewis, Miracles (New York: Macmillan, 1960). It was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. The story of the Mormons’ journey to their Zion is played out through the eyes of Brother Levi Savage. I don’t believe the end titles are fair to Levi Savage — they imply he was incorrect in speaking up, and that his greatest accomplishment on the journey was not being offended, and then following his leaders. Though stories are combined from both companies into one company and are not necessarily in chronological order, every story is true… It is an outstanding film that achieved its purpose and reached its audience to entertain, inform, and connect as much as Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, or any other great film. So I ask, with all of the journals written by those individuals who crossed the plains, why would it not be factual? Examples include prophets, such as Elijah who performed miracles like the raising of a widow's dead son (1 Kings 17:17–24) and Elisha whose miracles include multiplying the poor widow's jar of oil (2 Kings 4:1–7) and restoring to life the son of the woman of Shunem (2 Kings 4:18–37). It was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. It doesn’t help. In the 1850’s, Mormon converts were asked to leave their homelands and gather to “Zion” in Utah (“a price worth any sacrifice”). She was taken into a home and cared for; however, the family was struggling and could no longer give her the care she required. One common response to the “problem of evil” is that most tragedies are caused by man in the first place — either accidently, or with malicious intent. The cinematography was beautiful and the story is about the true account of the Willey handcart company. T.C. His efforts are even more admirable under the circumstances, when he knows in his heart the company is doomed, but he agrees to go along anyway and do whatever he can. They are not allow “artistic license” that Hollywood is allowed, they are constantly attacked because they are not “factual”. Their stories of faith, love, and sacrifice are well acted and well presented. The audience knows from the beginning that a lot of them are not going to make it alive to Utah. 2. (Sarah later “buried” George’s body in a tree, to keep him away from scavenging wolves.) Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I am grateful for this film. Even while on the micro level, God was still active in working to alleviate suffering for some of the pioneers who asked in faith for help. Christensen Film | Excel Entertainment What he came to find is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. 2 They simultaneously increase the strength of the giver and supply strength to the receiver. (4) And, yes, Levi Savage married Ann Bummell Cooper, one of the fellow members of the Willie company, in 1863 as mentioned in the film. T-1.I.18. Would have been better with the end-titles removed, that’s all. There’s no question this is close to the top for the best-directed and best-produced LDS film so far released. 1. It was released in 2011 by Excel Entertainment Group. Christensen knows what audiences are thinking. Are viewers going to assume Thomas Ricks was single when he became part of the rescue party and met his future wife, when single men are almost never called to do such things in the Church? There’s another perspective, however; the pioneer tragedy could be viewed as a confirmation of agency, and the refusal of divine power to alleviate the consequences of bad decisions. In line with the revisionist history issues discussed above, the modern LDS Church practice of lessons, textbooks, and Church leader biographies pretending that polygamy never happened has the side effect of minimizing the sacrifices of those women (many of whom are featured in this film) who participated in plural marriage in the 19th century for the sole reason that they believed it was the will of the Lord. If it’s possible to change this website to something much more legible, I would be grateful; others might be too. May God in his mercy bless and preserve us.”. Savage is genuinely a good person, helping others whenever called upon, and doing whatever needs to be done to help the trek succeed. The Dove Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment. Christensen (17 Miracles, The Cokeville Miracle) to bring you T.C. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Thank you for the review!! There’s a reason the “p-word” is mentioned only in the “Other Comments” section — it is tangential to the content of the film. Thanks. Oceny, recenzje, obsada, dyskusje wiadomości, zwiastuny, ciekawostki oraz galeria. The end titles under cut Levi Savage to the same degree as Lehi murmuring when Nephi breaks his bow undercuts Nephi. If the Willie/Martin experience was indeed a divine lesson from above, the message was received in the end, regardless. We are supported primarily by donations from families such as yours. Savage made known his feelings that it was now too late in the season to travel safely to Utah before winter hit. The reviewer’s criticism of authorities is not the first, nor is it the sharpest. That’s wonderful that you and the others you viewed it with really liked the film — I liked it, too. Based on the experiences of members of the Willie Handcart Company of Mormon pioneers following their late-season start and subsequent winter journey to Salt Lake City in 1856, the film emphasizes miracles individual participants reported having during the journey. He also had the main historical consultant Jolene answer each question and provide some additional story and evidence for some of the miracles in the film. Her mother, Louise, found a device which could translate eye movements into words. The 1856 tragedies led to some fundamental changes in pioneer company organization, including stricter scheduling and better quality handcarts. I’m actually redesigning the site here pretty soon, to go to a more ‘traditional’ color scheme. The closing titles make note that President James E. Faust found their story moving and had them sealed together by proxy in 1997. BELIEVE!http://www.godvine.com/Woman-Drowning-Saved-fb-gvx-b-1342.html Trusting in a church with a flawless history and obvious superiority would require little effort or discernment on our part. Note that Paul's claim to do miracles and be an eyewitness was confirmed by Luke, who recorded many of Paul's miracles (Acts 13:6-12; 14:8-20; 16:16-19; 19:11-17; 20:9-12; 28:2-10). River. There are those who believe that the miracles of the Bible are true, but that they ceased at the close of the “apostolic age;” that is, when all of the original disciples had died. Such an event may be attributed to a supernatural being (especially a deity), magic, a miracle worker, a saint, or a religious leader.. 17 Miracles is a 2011 adventure film directed by T. C. Christensen. Not in and of themselves. Forcing human society to bear the full brunt of tragedies, even among “innocents”, can arguably have the positive effect of encouraging better decision-making, more so than if negative consequences were casually wiped out through direct divine intervention. The rejection of miracles in modern society can be traced back to the writings of David Hume. as they make a desperate trek across deadly lands to arrive in Zion. Though stories are combined from both companies into one company and are not necessarily in chronological order, every story is true… Based on unbelievable actual events, and brought to you by filmmaker T.C. Miracles confirm the true message of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-20). Here is a sample of some questions addressed in the book: Were two little girls truly spared from harm while running a gauntlet of agitated rattlesnakes? ( Log Out / If memory serves, at least one of the other handcart companies was comprised of returning missionaries — all experienced and hearty men — so of course their casualties were zero or minimal. Even if this wasn’t the case, any glance at a map would tell you their location in Nebraska left them a lot closer to settlements in the East than their destination in the West — the company had plenty of time to use their current food supply to travel back East to a safe place rather than continue West, had the company leaders decided to do so. That brother, who personally knew the awful suffering, was responding to sharp criticism of the Church authorities. The biggest strength of LDS films has been historical period pieces, and 17 Miracles is no exception. That was really disappointing they didn’t publish it, but I’m happy to say that the upcoming Encyclopedia of Mormonism and Popular Culture, from Praeger, will have an extended article by the same author on the general issues facing Mormon historical films–I think the emphasis will be on documentary, but the principles should apply to fiction films as well. What he learned was that for every tragedy, there was a multitude of miracles. I am very thankful to all those men and women who have worked so hard, suffered so much and built this great nation we … However, 17 Miracles has revisionist history issues aside from polygamy (Ardis goes into more detail here). The narrative is anchored by Levi Savage himself, played effectively by Jasen Wade (who appeared in T.C.Christensen’s previous short film, The John Tanner Story). I cannot do anything about my great-great grandfather practicing polygamy; however, I know that he loved Sarah and my great-grandmother came from that union. 17 Miracles chronicles the experience of Levi Savage, portrayed by Jasen Wade, and other historical figures. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. There is plenty of suffering, starvation, frozen corpses, and other thematic elements inherent to the handcart story. 7 talking about this. We already know the story and know who was right. Thank you! It gets worse: another end title makes the statement that the casualties suffered by the Willie/Martin companies were “just about the same” as other pioneer treks along the Oregon Trail in US history. These issues don’t sink the film, which has enough good points to be recommended regardless, but do raise some questions about intellectual honesty when depicting stories from LDS Church history. In Hume’s argument against the credibility of miracles, a wise person never should believe in rare occurrences (miracles) because all of our uniform experience suggests that they don’t happen. 1. Five years later he married…well, I suppose those who are curious can do their own research. However miracles are defined, Hume's argument against them, which provides the traditional basis for skepticism about them, is now problematic. With Jasen Wade, Emily Wadley, Jason Celaya, Natalie Blackman. Perhaps that is why 17 Miracles is one of the most beloved films in all of LDS culture. That way of thinking is what got the wolf totally wiped out of many places on the planet. Based on unbelievable actual events, and brought to you by filmmaker T.C. T.C. The trails were many: sickness, fatigue, bickering, cold, starvation and death; most were city folks, and none were prepared for the grueling trip. It’s all quite thought provoking. 7. After being called to Utah, a party of over 500 English Mormons experience life-saving miracles To the contrary, it ennobles them… but that’s a story for another film. We have seen the film and know what the circumstances were. So, one of the wives of Thomas Sloan Mackay brought Sarah into their home and cared for her until she was well. Brother Brigham was hundreds of miles away when they left, late. O tem govori 9 oseb. ブランド品を売れるお店では、いくつかの買取方法を用意してくれている場合が多いです。買取方法をきちんと選定できれば、満足できる可能性が高くなるため、それぞれの特徴を把握してから自分にベストなものを利用しましょう。 You are pretty amazing, actually. Brought to you by filmmaker T.C. I want to write a book about it for my sons. 2. How disappointing it will be if it’s excluded…. Christensen Film | Excel Entertainment Discover amazing and true Bible facts, such as "The only miracle of Jesus that is mentioned in all 4 Gospels is when He fed the 5,000 people." 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