Other Side of Heaven

December 07, 2019 12:34 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences as he served as a mission president and later as a general authority.
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November 23, 2019 12:21 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga.
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November 09, 2019 11:58 AM MST
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga. During his service, Elder Groberg helped plan a jubilee celebration for the Saints in Tonga and promised the missionaries that, leading up to the jubilee, 500 people would be baptized into the Church in one month. The number seemed impossible. In 1966 the total number of members baptized into the Church for the entire year was 604. In 1967, the number rose to 833, but Elder Groberg understood the Lord was working miracles to move His work forward in Tonga. Below are some of those miracles that helped bring 507 people into the Church in one month in Tonga.
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By  LDS Living
November 01, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Elder John H. Groberg has had his fair share of missionary adventures in his lifetime, and some of them have even made it to the big screen in the Disney-distributed The Other Side of Heaven and the newly released The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith. We recently sat down with the emeritus General Authority Seventy to learn a little bit more about his experiences.
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October 26, 2019 08:49 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga beginning in 1966.
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October 01, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
“No.” For years that was producer Mitch Davis’s response to everyone who told him he needed to make a sequel to the Disney-distributed,The Other Side of Heaven. But 18 years, extensive financial support, and many miracles later, the saga of faith that began with the story of Elder John H. Groberg as a young missionary is continuing in a stirring sequel recounting the Groberg family’s time in the South Pacific region while Elder Groberg served as mission president.
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By  LDS Living
August 27, 2019 01:50 PM MDT
In an unprecedented move, Elder John H. Groberg and the producers of The Other Side of Heaven 2 have teamed up with Megaplex Theatres in a statewide push to re-release their movie at half price starting Labor Day weekend as a fundraiser for the Liahona Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition and school supplies for Tongan schoolchildren.
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July 19, 2019 04:30 PM MDT
A couple of weeks ago Trina Boice reviewed The Other Side of Heaven 2, giving it her recommendation. Having just seen the film I’d like to add a second witness, if you will, that the film is entertaining, profoundly moving, and has the visuals to demand a big-screen viewing in the theater.
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July 08, 2019 07:39 PM MDT
Brought to you by BYU TV and Kolipoki Pictures, this Two Roads film is based on a true story and the missionary efforts of Elder John H. Groberg. If you saw the first movie, The Other Side of Heaven, you will remember the sweet spirit of the storytelling and the heart of the beautiful Tongan people. This sequel takes place 10 years after the original movie and is a heartwarming reunion with more inspiration and miracles. You don’t need to have seen the first movie, but it certainly helps in order to appreciate the history and significance of some of the relationships. Be sure to check out the Movie Review Mom YouTube channel for an interview with director Mitch Davis later this week!
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June 29, 2019 01:43 PM MDT
As The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith opens in theaters nationwide this weekend, we wanted to share an excerpt from the faith-promoting book on which the film was based. The following account is excerpted from Fire of Faith by John H. Groberg.
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June 28, 2019 04:55 PM MDT
As a young missionary first arriving in Tonga in 1953, Elder John Groberg couldn't imagine the impact that the small island nation and its people would have on his life and on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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June 27, 2019 03:59 PM MDT
The sequel to The Other Side of Heaven has had a long journey to the big screen, but thanks to perseverance and faith, The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith will finally be making its long-awaited appearance in theaters nationwide this weekend on June 28, 2019.
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April 24, 2019 07:08 PM MDT
What would you say if someone told you that your movie was being pirated all over China? If you’re Elder John H. Groberg, you say, “That’s fantastic. What a blessing!” What is it that Elder Groberg thinks is a blessing? That a message of hope, love, and Jesus Christ is being watched all over the world.
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October 23, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
Deadline recently featured the first trailer for The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith," saying, "Almost two decades after The Other Side of Heaven became one of the buzz titles that would help propel the faith-based movie market, original director Mitch Davis and star Christopher Gorham are ready to take the wraps off the sequel."
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August 23, 2018 09:37 AM MDT
“Our stories are as big as we think they are.” That’s what Latter-day Saint film director Mitch Davis believes is the key to making a good film about Latter-day Saints: belief that they are important enough to be shared.
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February 08, 2018 03:54 PM MST
Whether or not you’ve heard of Mitch Davis, you’ve probably heard of his film—the only missionary film you’ll see with Disney’s logo, The Other Side of Heaven. What most people may not realize, however, is that there are many miracles and events that fueled the creation of that beloved retelling of Elder John H. Groberg’s mission experience. Miracles that the family hopes will inspire others through their new film, The Stray, now available on DVD at Deseret Book stores and on deseretbook.com.
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September 22, 2017 05:17 PM MDT
Working at Disney sounded great. Until LDS producer Mitch Davis found himself working 70-80 hour weeks and never seeing his family. He knew things had to change. And it took a literal bolt of inspiration to get him back on track.
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September 13, 2016 05:56 PM MDT
Practically a Mormon cinema staple, it seemed The Other Side of Heaven couldn't get any better—until now.
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