Johnny Lingo, one of the sharpest traders in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife, and offers a record price of eight cows for Mahana, a plain girl who shuns contact. This causes quite a sensation on the island. A year later Johnny and his wife return for the first time since the marriage, and all find that something miraculous has occurred to Mahana. Johnny explains that by paying eight cows he proved that she was worth more to him than any other woman on the island. He gave her a great gift, that of self-worth. Written by
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At first the production was planned for distribution by the LDS Church "Deseret Sunday School Union[us]" after a general board member read the story in "Woman's Day" magazine and saw potential for a good film. However, because of the cost involved with the decision to transport equipment and a crew to Hawaii, it was found that neither the Sunday School nor the BYU film department's educational fund had the necessary amount necessary to wholly finance the project. The Sunday School gave permission for the film to also be released as a regular school educational film following their initial use of it. This allowed $15,000 from the BYU educational fund to be used as a supplement to the Sunday School budget. This decision not only allowed the film to be made, but also brought in considerable profit to BYU as the film became one of the studio's best selling shorts in the educational market, not only being used in colleges and schools but also by some corporations using it to motivate employees. See more
Think what it must mean to a woman, her future husband meeting with her father to discuss the lowest price for which she can be bought. And later, when the women of the village gather, they boast of what their husbands paid for them - three cows, or five. How does she feel, the woman who was sold for one, or two? This could not happen to my Mahana.
Johnny, I've misjudged you. I thought you were thinking only of how important you would look to your friends, paying 8 cows for a wife. I didn't ...
Referenced in The Singles Ward