Grab the family, grab the popcorn, and settle in because we've rounded up the best LDS movies of 2016! These faith-affirming movies are sure to become family favorites.
Saturday's Warrior is a musical fantasy that originated on the stage in 1974 with music by Lex de Azevedo and book and lyrics by Doug Stewart. It is based on the idea that we existed before we were born into this life, in a realm where we not only had relationships with others with whom we would share our earthly journey but that we might even have made promises to them. Saturday's Warrior is the age-old story of a prodigal son struggling to find himself as he faces temptations, family expectations, and the changing values of the times.
In 2009, John Jones explored an unmapped section of the famous Nutty Putty Cave. After becoming stuck upside down in a hole 18 inches wide and 150 feet under ground, rescue crews worked frantically and heroically to free him. This is the story inspired by not only the incident at Nutty Putty but by the way John lived his entire life. Witness the power of love, family, and the Plan of Salvation in this critically acclaimed film that shows that family bonds extend beyond this life.
In the face of tragedy, Chris Williams made the most important decision of his life. On a cold night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a 17-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, each faced a drastically different future. But as Chris Williams sat in a demolished vehicle, realizing that his wife, unborn baby, 9-year-old daughter, and 11-year-old son had just been killed, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive. Chris Williams' story is the cinematic tale of how someone can forgive despite the desire for revenge that surfaces within the dark corners of the human heart—showing the world that hope, love, and forgiveness can overcome all when you just let go.
Lane Speer is a 16-year-old girl who spends her family vacations camping in the mountains. She takes the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. Only a year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father's death, her mother remarries a guy that Lane hardly knows. Worst of all, he is a Mormon. To top it off, while they are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her away to a bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of young Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, she tries to find peace with her new surroundings and deal with the death of her father.
Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival.
On May 16, 1986, in the small, ranching community of Cokeville, Wyoming, David and Doris Young took an elementary school hostage for several hours before detonating a bomb inside a classroom that held every teacher and student in the school. In the wake of the madness, Ron Hartley, whose children were inside the classroom, must fight his skepticism and unbelief as he hears eyewitness accounts from the students about miraculous, heavenly intervention during the crisis.