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10 Powerful LDS Movies Based on True Stories

by | Sep. 07, 2017

Despite new movies being released constantly, it’s hard to find something appropriate that the whole family will enjoy. These faith-filled movies based on true stories and actual events are sure to engage your whole audience and start important conversations about overcoming trials with faith.

Love, Kennedy

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Kennedy Hansen is funny, loving, and seems to be a typical child until she inexplicably begins to fall. It takes years for a diagnosis: juvenile Batten disease—an extremely rare, terrible, and terminal prognosis. There is no cure for Batten disease, and after living only 16 years, Kennedy leaves behind a great legacy of love and friendship. But her story doesn't end at her death—in fact, that's when the miracles really begin.

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The Saratov Approach

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The Saratov Approach is the extraordinary, untold story of Elders Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst and their week-long abduction in Saratov, Russia. On what seemed like any other day during their two-year LDS missions, Elders Tuttle and Propst were approached by a man named Nikolai to meet a friend. But then the missionaries experience the unimaginable—they are kidnapped, beaten, and held for ransom for nearly a week on the other side of the world in Saratov, Russia. While their family, friends, and the world pray for their safe return, Tuttle and Propst are tested physically, emotionally, and most of all, spiritually.

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The Cokeville Miracle

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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. When tragedy strikes, what do you see?

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Freetown

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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.

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Miracles from Heaven

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Miracles From Heaven is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored, and their community inspired.

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The High Road

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When James Kirkwood promises his mother that he will safely lead his younger brother to the next camp, the two boys embark on a dangerous trek that illustrates the powerful principle of faith in every footstep.

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The Last Descent

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The details of the passing of John Jones in Nutty Putty Cave have been well documented, but his story did not end there. 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.

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17 Miracles

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As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the stories of the Mormon Pioneers as you have never seen them before. 

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Ephraim’s Rescue

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This is the heroic true story of a simple man who was called to do the work of angels. Ephraim's Rescue relates the story of Ephraim Hanks: a rescuer of the Martin Handcart company. Follow Ephraim as his adventures lead him to join the Mormon Church and to ultimately lead one of the most heroic rescues in American history. With a unique desire to help and strengthen others, Ephraim learns that each choice we make can prepare us for what lies ahead. He discovers, through it all, that decisions determine destiny.

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Forever Strong

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A troubled young rugby player is given the choice between jail or playing for a rival team coached by a man known for building not only championship teams, but championship boys. Forever Strong offers stand up and cheer sports drama combined with the consequences of a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field.

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Bonus—based on real people:

Story Tellers: An Evening with Colorful Characters

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On a cold night in the Utah Territory, three opinionated men seemingly by chance find themselves sharing a campfire as they tell tales, swap insults, and expound on their personal beliefs and philosophies. However, one of the men is not there by mere coincidence. Join Porter Rockwell, Mark Twain, and J. Golden Kimball for an entertaining and intriguing evening with three of the most colorful characters of the Old West.

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