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A tear jerker indeed!
As a convert into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I try to absorb as much as I can of my new religion's history. I was invited to attend a showing of this film with my sons & the other young men & women as well as their families of our ward.
On a beautiful spring evening, we drove to Kirtland, Ohio to the church's historical village located there. We were to have had reservations at the Vistor's Center to view this movie. Since my movie viewing was limited to only a few church documentaries, I was intrigued. The only "full length motion pictures" of the church's I had seen was "Legacy" and "My Best Two Years", both which I thought were very well written and preformed.
At the beginning, the missionary interpretor passed out tissues stating that several people had been deeply moved to the point of tears by this movie. I thought "OK...but it takes a lot to move me to tears." Imagine my surprise when I found myself sobbing! It truly is a very moving & inspirational testament to the Prophet Joseph Smith.
See it & believe in it's powerful message!
Without a Trace: The Innocents (2005)
This one bothered me!
I really love "Without A Trace". I feel this is one of the best crime/drama shows on television. The writing is superb not to mention the acting. I admire the way the writers intertwine the characters personal lives with their working lives. This particular episode really got to me, though. I work with abused children & this episode was as real as it gets. There are SO many exploited and abused children in our country alone, that we need to do something about it. I was touched when I saw just how far the character, Bill Shields, was willing to go to rescue the child Melissa. He's one of a few of the "every day heroes" in this world who actually put their lives on the line to help those who need it. Believe me, the law officers need all the help they can get from the public if this type of crime is to be stopped. I hope a lot of parents watched this episode and "took notes". We must protect our children from people like Melissa's uncle who prey and take advantage of children.