Meet the Mormons Official Movie – Full HD

This is New York City,home to over eight million people,a real melting pot.And this is Times Square. On any given day,
visitors from all over the world come to experience
the energy of this place. And those who visit are as diverse
as those who live here. So if you want to collect opinions
from a wide cross-section of humanity, this is the place to be. That’s why I’m here,
to ask people a few simple questions. And I’m just guessing that
there will be no shortage of opinions. What do you think of when you hear the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints? That’s the Seventh-Day Adventist,
isn’t it? They have a nickname
that’s probably more common, that you… Jehovah’s Witness? I could get it if it was multiple choice. -Starts with an M.
-I know this one.I’m afraid it was the Mormons.Yes, the Mormons were the correct answer.What comes to mind
when I say the word “Mormon”? Actually, my cousin. Ex-girlfriend. People who stay away from the city,
and just stay into their own zone. I guess they just don’t really
celebrate anything, right? Kenneth’s filling in,
Gabe’s got the week off. He’s a Mormon, you know
how they are about Leap Day. Mormons celebrate Christmas. It’s a different Christmas, though, right? No? Okay. Probably watches the same TV shows,
listens to the same music, likes hot dogs. They have, like, their own type of
Jesus Christ or something like that, that lives in Utah. Utah? Is it Utah? -Utah?
-Utah? -Salt Lake City?
-Utah. He’s back and forth to Utah every weekend. What is he, a Mormon? Like, lots of wives and lots of kids. So what you’re saying is you’re sharing
a man, you’re like a Mormon wife. I know it sounds strange. As you can see,
opinions are all over the map. My name’s Jenna, and I’m a Mormon. But as you’ve seen,
that’s just a nickname. In more “official” terms, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, and I live right here, in New York City. The weirdest thing
I’ve heard about Mormons was that probably that they were racists. -Really?
-Yeah. So do they have any black people in Utah? Maybe two. I saw them once, two black people. Yeah, the Mormons brought in two. If you’re a Mormon,
you’re not supposed to… Have any type of drugs. Give blood. -Rage.
-Dance? -Curse.
-Vote? Drink. I have a drinking problem? Peck, you’re a Mormon. Next to you,
we all have a drinking problem! For many people, their knowledge of Mormons
has been shaped largely by the media and popular culture which surrounds us. Not necessarily the best way
to get accurate information. Hello. Great, Mormons. So, who are Mormons, really? What makes us tick? What motivates 15 million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints to do the things we do? The best way to separate fact from fiction is to go directly to the source. And recently, a small crew of
documentary filmmakers did exactly that. They took a peek into the lives of
six Mormon families from around the world. Though these six different stories
reveal a few of our basic beliefs, I think you’ll learn more about who
we really are because of those beliefs. So, what are Mormons really like? You decide.The filmmakers’ first stop
is Atlanta, Georgia,
where they explore one simple question,what’s it like to be a Mormon bishop?To balance a regular
full-time job with family,
and still have time left over for this
important volunteer church responsibility.
My Heavenly Father has given me
certain talents and abilities
to expand upon in my life.-Good morning.
-Morning.And I feel like if I don’t expand upon ’emand use ’em the way that
he would have me use them,
then I failed. I wanna be not necessarily famous
or great or anything. But I just wanna be
who I was put on Earth to be. My name is Jermaine Sullivan,
this is my wife Kembe Sullivan. We’ve been married for eight years.We have three beautiful boys,
Jeremiah, Abram, and Corbin.
I work as an academic counselor.I have a workload of about 200 students
that I talk to on a regular basis.I tell them what it’s gonna take
to complete their degree,
ensure that they’re
in the correct program.
I am a virtual teacher,
so I get to work from home. His reading skills were not up to par,
it was beneath… And then I also get to
interact with the parents more often.I was in the church buildingand a woman walked in
just, kind of, off the street, and she wanted to learn about
our family history center. And I told, “Well, I could certainly
help you with that, “I’m Jermaine Sullivan,
I’m the bishop here.” She kind of stared at me
for three to five seconds and, “You’re the bishop? “I didn’t know they had black bishops
in the Mormon Church.”And I explained her,
“Yeah, I’m the bishop,
“I lead a congregation here,
right here in Atlanta.”
Good morning, brothers and sisters. Good morning. Bishop Sullivan has heart. He’s just a very warm and caring
and sensitive person. Mario, how are you doing, sir?I have to be honest with you.When I was called, or asked,
to serve in this capacity, I was terrified. It’s not an age matter. It’s a matter of being in tune
with the spirit of God. You know, I think about Peter,
James, John and… And many of these were fishermen. The Lord call common men
to serve and bless the lives of others, to serve alongside him
in accomplishing his mission.The way he did it then,
he certainly does it the same way now.
Sometimes you have men who are older,
seasoned, veterans,
and sometimes we have younger men,
like Bishop Sullivan.The exuberance with which Bishop Sullivan
fulfills his calling
makes it easy for him to relate with
the younger members of his ward.
I feel I can relate to him more
’cause he’s young, and, like, he’s been my age before.Tonight, I’m teaching the youth
how to step,
which is a dance formcommonly associated with African American
fraternities and sororities. And I kind of picked it up
when I was in high school. I say my youth! Youth, youth! This is a step! Step, step.In our faith,
when you’re called as a bishop,
you don’t serve in that capacity for life.There’s no hierarchical, sort of, flow
upward in the church.Wherever the Lord needs you to serve,
that’s where you’ll serve.
Happy birthday. -I have reached 41.
-Look at you. Happy birthday to you.Bishops in our faith, Sunday school
teachers, any of the administrators,
none are salaried, none receive
any financial compensation.
So it is not a paid ministry,
it is not a paid clergy. Come on, start in. We’re glad you came.Kembe, she serves,
she teaches the youth in the church.
She doesn’t get any money, no one does.But the Lord definitely
gives us blessings as we serve others.
We recognize first
that Jesus Christ came here to serve. He is the grand example of servant,
we have to serve. I think that’s the way the Lord,
kind of, guides and leads us. He strengthens us as we serve others.A typical Sunday morning
in a Sullivan home
is a lot like a three-ring circus.My neck, it hurts.Sunday morning, we get up
and try to get ready for church.
And it’s really hard
because I’m by myself.Jermaine is at the church,
getting ready for meetings,
and it’s three against one.They are dynamos.It’s a known fact the bishop’s kids
are bouncy little fellows,they’re just high energy.And they are non-sugar, too.The boys love to eat,so on Sunday morning
I have my bag packed, granola bars,things that will hopefully
keep them quiet.
He’s on the stand and she has to
handle these three little guys.
She finds a way. I just admire the way
she’s able to handle it.And the patience she has with meas I serve and with the children,
as they act a bit,
you know, a little wild
during the sacrament meetings.
I wanna welcome
all of you out this evening to our special ward barbeque. The Atlanta Ward is a very special place.Togetherness, wholesome,just being together,
you can just feel the love that’s here. God is the author of diversity.You look at the trees,
the plants, the flowers.
We don’t just have one flower,
we have a variety,
and their colors vary,
and their forms and shape vary.
I focus on those things that make us one,and I think that creates a very profound
sense of harmony and unity in the church.
He’s not perfect, Bishop Sullivan,
by no means is he perfect, which is an indication by this barbeque
that he brought in here this evening. Brother Parker and I
have a continuous debate about who’s barbeque tastes the best. It’s okay, but he’s not perfect. Put it to him this way, I said,
“You pull out your calendar.“I’ll get my calendar,“and we’ll have a competition
or grill off, if you will,
“to see whose chicken tastes the best.”Naturally, I’ll win. Naturally. But he’s a good man.Jermaine regularly drives down to his
hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
to visit his older sister
and reconnect with his past.
Our house in the neighborhoodwas considered the house
where all the children,everybody would wanna flock
to our house and play with us.
-Hi. How’s everything goin’ with you?
-It’s goin’ okay.Jermaine is a homebody,
always wanted to be around the house.
We were so close together that people
always thought he was my child.Well, my Mom and my Dad got a chance
to see that before they both passed.
Him getting to be the bishop
and the things in church and it made them so proud,
’cause nobody ever thought of it. She attends a Baptist church
not too far from her house. We never really had
a religious disagreement.Even though the faiths are different,
the belief is the same.
I’ve always tried to build on
common beliefs.
You can always acknowledge that
there are gonna be differencesthere’s no need to debate
so much about that.
It’s who you are as a person.Verse 25, the day Abraham
is gonna start out. “And the Lord God said unto me…” “And the Lord God said unto me…”Mormons study from a variety of scripture.Two key sources are theHoly Bible
and the
Book of Mormon,both testify of Jesus Christ
and neither replaces the other.
Before becoming a member of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
I kind of claimed to
vaguely be a Christian. In joining the church,it became infused into everything I do,
the way I view the world.
My belief in Jesus Christ
totally impacts that.My testimony of Jesus Christ
helps me to be a better mother.
I try to follow the example of my savior,I tried to live as He would live.I don’t view Christ as some abstract idea,but as a person who is all-powerful
and all-loving, who knows meand wants to take care
of me and my family.
The next stop on the film crew’saround-the-world journey,
Annapolis, Maryland,
home to the United States Naval Academywhere Ken Niumatalolo works as
head coach for the Navy Football team.
Let’s go! Let’s go! You throw the ball! Let’s go!I think the game of football
teaches the game of life.
There’s good and there’s bad,
there’s the ups and downs.
I think the mental toughness
that it teaches
will help young men
in some of the things they do in life.
What the quarterback does is totally
different from an offensive lineman,
what a snapper does is totally
different from the kicker,
and even though they’re all
individual and specific and detailed, they all got to work together
in order for you to be successful. I want a hut on three. One, two, three! Hut!Nobody’s more important than the other.And that’s just like in a family, I am not
more important than him or the children. Everybody has their job. My dad coaches the Naval Academy,
and that’s his team, but my parents are a team, too.We have three children,
our oldest is Alexcia,
our son Va and our youngest is Ali’i.-How are you?
-How are you guys doing, good? -Yes.
-I’m hungry. Hungry? We can fix that up. The coach for the Naval Academy,
Ken, is just a great guy. Naval Academy is so fortunate to have him.
Real down to earth. I can keep your secret.Ken is a very humble young man.He always focuses on the things that matter most. When he was hired, I’ll always remember, in the press conference he said,
“First and foremost, “I am a father and a husband,
and then a football coach.” He’s one of the best human beings I’ve ever been around,
let alone coached with. Sweet. He’s probably the biggest goofball
I’ve ever met in my life Can you take my stomach out of this? Joking around, doing impersonations
and stuff like that. He’s all composed on the football field. But when he’s home with us,
that’s when he can relax and be himself, and we laugh and joke and just
have a lot of fun, and he’s very mellow. Hey, guys, leave some water in the pool. The thing that he’s always taught us
ever since we were little isto put the Lord first and
everything else will work out.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness, “and all these things
shall be added unto you.” If you put the Lord first,
everything else will fall in place.For many coaches, success is defined
by climbing the career ladder
to larger programs or the NFL.But with Ken, the motivation is
very simple and very human.
It could be rock-paper-scissors,
my dad doesn’t wanna lose.Losing is his least favorite
thing in the world.
I love to play basketball with my kids,
we’ve all played for many years.
-Yeah, right there. What you got? What you got? A lot of trash talking,
that’s the only way that you know that we’re having fun,
is if there’s trash talking. Impersonation, girl.I was number one as far as speed
for many years,
I gradually moved down to second,
Alexcia passed me, then Va’a passed me, then Ali’i passed me. I still haven’t passed him. I’m not in last place,
I’m still number four. -I’ll always be number five.
-I love you, but I’m never gonna
let her pass me on that. Closer. Ping-pong rivalry is between
Ken and Alexcia. Quit talking too much trash. It gets pretty heated. Recently, she beat him. Your serve. Yeah, good playing!For Mormons, Sabbath day observance
and church attendance
is extremely important,even though it can sometimes
present a serious challenge.
In the world of college football,
Sundays are so critically important.
It’s really a race against time to really
prepare your team for the next game, and you only have six days
until the next game. Thank you so much for all you do.When I first became
the head coach four years ago,
I made a conscious decision
that we, as a staff, would no longer have
organized meetings on Sunday. I think it shocked
quite a few of the guys. Their eyes just widened
and it kind of looked like… Gave me a look like,
“What? We’re gonna get killed!” He also said,
“Coaches, this is what I believe.“However, if you feel strongly that
you need to do certain things on Sunday,
“I’m not gonna hold you out of the office,
I’m not gonna take your keys away.” Everybody has their own choice.Coach Niumatalolo prepares himself
by going to church.
I’m not pushing my religion
on anybody else, but this is how I get ready.Ken’s current church responsibilityis teaching a Sunday school class
of 10-year-olds.
Quite a contrast from his day job.It’s a great experience for me
to come to see their innocence. How can you dress modestly for
Heavenly Father and for yourself? It’s always fun for me to come
on Sundays to be with them.I enjoy singing the primary age song
or the songs for the youth.
-And eating their snacks.
-And eating their snacks, their cookies and snack time is definitely great for me. And because Jesus was resurrected,
guess what happens to all of us? We can be resurrected.It’s funny,one day for him to be with
a bunch of big linemen and the next day with
a bunch of little children,but I think it kind of shows
more of who he is.
Can everybody find John Chapter 11?Guys are doing some good things!We got half a practice to go,
let’s finish strong! But do not mistake for one second
that me not coming to work means I haven’t thought
about our opponents.I come into work early
on Monday mornings, I come in at 4:00,
’cause I know the Lord
wants you to do your work. He doesn’t want you to sit,
“Okay, do all the work.”Game days are always full of tension,but even more so when the game
is against a rival service academy,
in this case, the United States Air Force.When my dad leads the team, when they’re
walking into the stadium from the buses
and the band’s playing and everything,it’s pretty emotional.Well, game day, for me,
is obviously very stressful.
All of your preparation that week,everything that you do
leads up to that day.
You just kind of hope you’re ready.Watch the brigade march on,
then we usually have a flyover. All the wives, they’re really emotional,
especially my mother. He’s got it. He’s short… You know,
it is an emotional rollercoaster, and so you are just worn out completely
after a game. We got the ball! Sometimes, I think my mom cares more
about the game than my dad. Block! Go!If someone gets tackled,or someone misses an assignment,
she takes it pretty personally.
It’s pretty funny. Why would you do that, Chris?I always have to remind myself
that this is important,
but let’s say we lose,I have my three beautiful children,
they’re healthy.
I have my husband, you know,
we’re best friends.
He’s a very passionate person.He loves his football players,
he loves his team. I know that my dad can have a temper,
but I’ve noticed over the years that he’s definitely been able
to control it.On the field, it may be necessary,
he does get fired up,
and I think that’s a really good thing. Lots of times when he’s upset,
his headset comes off,and then you’ll see him go talk to the refor maybe to one of the players
that just came off the field.
When I was younger,
the bishop gave me some counsel that as long as I was able to control
my temper, the Lord would bless me. But if I was not able
to control my temper,obviously I would not
receive those blessings.
For Ken Niumatalolo, his daily life
is quite simply an extension of his faith,
continually striving
to overcome personal weakness,
and constantly working for improvement.I have a quote,
it talks about managing your anger, you know, it’s really a weakness.
It’s not a strength.And I have always tried to use that
to help me,
because I know I need to have the spirit
with me to help me make decisions.
And I know that
when I’m close to the spiritI can feel the spirit and help me
in making decisions.
It’s very clear and tangible to me.I’ve heard somebody tell me at churchthat the Lord doesn’t really care
about Navy Football.
And I think to some extent that’s true, but I know he’s concerned about me
and my family and this is my job.These are my crops,
I’m trying to provide for my family,
and if I lose,I won’t be able to take care of my family.So I go to the Lord to help me
to make decisions. Not to win or lose, but to make decisions.Ladies and gentlemen,
the Commander-in-Chief Trophy winner…
The United States Naval Academy.I wanna start by recognizing… Coach Ken Niumatalolo for being here once again… Where is he?
There he is, right here. Hard to miss him. Coach. Mr. President, on behalf of
the United States Naval Academy, and the Navy Football Brotherhood, we thank you for the great honor
for allowing us to be your guests once again. We’re so happy to be back. We had a lot of success, you know,
we were able to go to a bowl game every year that I was there.And I truly believe
that a lot of that comes back
to the way that he lives his life.Costa Rica means “rich coast.”And it’s right here where
Milton and Carolina Marin call home.
Watch closely, because this story
may challenge what you think you know
about the roles men and women play
in Mormon homes.
We love living in this country.
We love Costa Rica.We love nature, we love freedom.We love that we can go to church
without any problems.
And we love living in a place where
we can give our children
this opportunity to live free
and so close to nature.
Everything is very close.My house is about an hour and a half
from the beach,
45 minutes from a volcano,and a half an hour from a mountain.We both love extreme sports.
We love the spirit of adventure.
And here in Costa Rica,
we’ve gone rappelling, we did a zip line.
My name is Milton Marin. My wife’s name is Carolina Muñoz.We’ve been married for eight years,
and we have two sons.
For me, being a mom is a dream come true.The first time I saw my babies,the first time I saw Luis Diego,
to embrace him and have him near me,
is the most special moment
that I keep in my heart.
She’s very independent, very affectionate,
intelligent, and of course, much more attractive than me. I’ve always enjoyed that a lot.About 10 years ago,
a pair of young lady missionaries
from the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
knocked on Carolina’s door
and shared their message with her.
I could feel the spirit so strongly.My whole life, I had been
a member of the Catholic Church.All of my family are still members
of the Catholic Church.
I told them
that I had learned something new, that it was very good. And I knew they had a lot of truth
and a lot of knowledge for us. Our daughter decided to become a Mormon,and that was a little hard for us.Not because it was the Mormon Church,
or any other religion,
but because it was
a change from our religion
to a different religion.At first, my parents were a little nervous
about this change.But they’ve always trusted me
and they allowed me to get baptized.
In fact, they even came to my baptism. We support her in her faith.As long as she is developing that,she will undoubtedly have our support. My parents are great examples
and are very important to me. It doesn’t matter, the religion… I will always love them the same,
and they will love me. When I was a little older
I found out I like martial arts. And Milton,
when we were already married… He told me there’s a competition. “Do you want to try competing?”
And I said,“Let’s try it.”And I liked it.People react to that.When they see Carolina’s so pretty, and then they see her getting
into the ring to compete with someone,people react,
and don’t think that it’s her.
Even though she’s thin and very feminine
in her normal behavior,when she’s fighting,
she takes it seriously.
When I get into the ring
and after being in a competition,
I do my hair, put some makeup on,
wear heels,
and I go to leave, people ask, “Were you the same person
who was competing?” Yes, that was me. When the bell rings, you need to fight.But that doesn’t mean
you’re going to be disrespectful,
or that you hate that person.I fought in the World Cup
and won second place, thanks to Milton
and all the training and time he gives me.Carolina’s rapid progress
recently attracted the attention
of IKF World Champion Eric Parker.Milton, her husband,
is a gifted martial artist in his own right and a fantastic coach. A great instructor.During a fight,
he is my most important guy.
I’m also the most nervous.
I’m more nervous than she is. The level of her ability to compete
is without question.And she would well
as a professional fighter.
Even though Carolina has quickly
progressed in her newfound hobby,
she and Milton have decided
to keep things in a family perspective.
We’re not interested in taking Carolina
to fight abroad for money, nor work at it full-time.What we do want is to stay at this level,to compete and enjoy the sport we love,and keep it at that level
so as not to sacrifice our children, and not sacrifice our family
and those that we love.After I graduated from high school,
I studied law.
When I returned from being a missionary,
I finished my law degree.
But my passion
has always been the martial arts.
Between being a lawyer,
spending all day in the officeand being in the gym,
sharing with young people,
we decided the best way to stay young,
active and healthy was the gym. Often at events, or also in our gym,
we collect donations.The Marins recently started
a new give back campaign
with their Catholic friends.Rather than pay an entrance fee
to special events,
attendees donate school supplies
or food for those in need.
Throughout the year,
they are collecting food for different areas of the country
where there are floods, earthquakes,or simply for people in need.And also, a part of the student’s
monthly tuition is used to buy food. It’s very important for us
to share with otherssome of the blessings
that we have been given.
And for the Marins,
the blessings have been plentiful.
They’re now busier than ever,traveling throughout the country, teaching
classes and expanding their business.
They have grown to over 1,000 students,becoming the largest school in Costa Rica.Though it’s not easy,
Milton and Carolina find a way
to balance home and family with work
and outside interests on a daily basis.
They’re successful
because they work together as a team.
I wake up very early in the morning.Milton takes care of the family
and I go running.
Then I get back home
and I have my normal mother life.
Many people think
that women should be subject to man. But in reality, in the church,
it’s not that way. We believe it is important to give
the husband the respect he deserves.But most importantis that the husband knows
that there is a queen in the house,
and that all decisions
must be made together. We believe that
a man must respect his wife,that it’s not acceptable for a husband
to abuse his wife or his children.
And that the family’s happiness
is more likely
when we follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.It says that we can have
a successful familyif it’s based upon the principles of love,
charity and respect.
We’re always willing
to learn from each other, to forgive.We’re not perfect
but we are trying to be happy,
that’s the most important thing.I like to think that a successful family is not just a family that stays together
for the rest of their lives, a successful family is a happy family.For the Marin family, it’s about love,
mutual respect, balance and teamwork.
There aren’t very many qualified
92-year-old pilots in the world,
but the film crew caught up with one
in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
-Flap control.
And what a story he has to tell.-In on the left.
-Cowl flap. -One and two’s open.
-Fuel valve. Four off, two cross-feeds off. -Try to bring ‘er there
-Down and cold.When I’m flying,
there’s a special feeling, ethereal.
The heavens above you,
the Earth below you,
that bring me closer
to my father in heaven.
Every time I take off,it’s almost like renewal of
the thousands of other flights I’ve made.
It’s a mosaic, like a painting.You see the difference
in colors of the field,
the plowed ground, the trees, or orchards.And then all of a sudden
there’s the ocean,
white waves coming up on the beach.I highly recommend it.Welcome, one and all,
to the annual Elizabeth City candy drop.
Look to your right
and you’ll see the
Spirit of Freedominbound with Colonel Gail Halvorsen
at the controls.
There he is! There he is!Uncle Wiggly Wings, as he was called
during the Berlin airlift,
used to wiggle or rock his wings
back and forth,
indicating to the kids on the ground
that a candy drop was about to happen.
Five zero zero, clear for drop.Runway two, to your left.Here comes theSpirit of Freedom,reenacting the historic Berlin candy drop.Standby.Drop, drop, drop.I still do candy drops today,because it gives me a feeling inside that I can get in no other way.Think of the thousands of young people
your age that didn’t have any chocolate.
This is the story of a 27-year-old pilot whose active kindness
set in motion the trail of eventsthat truly transformed the entire world.Right after Pearl Harbor,fresh from his Sunday school class
and the farm fields of Utah,
this young Mormon boy signed up for
the Army Air Corps pilot training program.
Before long,
he was flying in the war effort
under the command of the Royal Air Force.June 1948, Berlin.Ever since the end of the war
three years before,
tension had been increasing
between the Allied military government
and the Soviet bosses of East Berlin.At the end of World War II,
Berlin was divided up into four.On the Western side was the American,
French and British sectors.
And the Eastern half of Berlin
was occupied by the Soviets.
Stalin decided to cut offthose two and a half million people
living in the Western side of Berlin
from everything they needed to survive.Food, clothing, medicine.We had just electric powertwo hours during the day
and two hours during the night.The only options that America
and the rest of the Western world had
was to walk away from Berlin
or to start World War III.And people started
supplying Berlin by air,
and that really turned into
what became known as the Berlin airlift.
Within hours America’s General Clay
and Britain’s General Robinson
ordered all available air transport
to Frankfurt and Wunstorf.
I never forget the first flight
I took into Berlin.As I came in over the city,just fingers of remaining buildingsthickened up to the sky
in stark contrast to everything.
You look through the buildings,
not at the buildings.
I had 20,000 pounds of flour in the back,and I just couldn’t wait
to get that on the ground
’cause I could just imagine the people,just waiting for where the next
loaf of bread is gonna come from.Certainly, it was the greatest
humanitarian effort ever undertaken.
This place was like a beehive,bees flying all over the place,and an airplane coming
over the fence every five minutes.
And later on,
as we got little better traffic control, even faster than that.It was like a string of silver birds
tied together with a long string.
One day, Gail was filming cargo planeson their low and dangerous approach
to the airfield
when something out of the perimeter fence
caught his attention.
On the other side of the barbed wire
was about 30 kids,
kids eight to 14.And they started speaking to me
in their school English,
and telling me about what it was like
and how they appreciated
the food and coal we were bringing in.They said, “Don’t worry about us.“Someday we’ll have enough to eat.“But if we lose our freedom,
we’ll never get it back.“Just don’t give up on us,” they said.I was so interested in these kids
that I lost track of time.
I looked at my watch,
and I’d been here almost an hour.
I said, “Don’t worry, kids, we won’t
give up on you, we’ll keep coming.
“I got to go.”And I got just about five steps,a voice came to me, just clear as a bell,and that sure was the Holy Ghost. “Go back to the fence.”At that point, I went back
and I reached in my pocket
to see if I had anything to give ’em.And I pulled out two sticks of gum. He tore those two sticks of gum in half
and gave out four sticks of gum. The kids with half a stick tore off
the outer wrapper and then the tin foil and passed it to the kids
that didn’t get any. And the kids that got a piece of wrapper put it up their nose, just smelled the aroma, just the smell,and their eyes got big.And I stood there dumbfounded.But that moment changed me, and I said, “I’ve got to do
something more than this.”Without giving it a whole lot of thought,Gail concocted a crazy scheme,to drop his candy rations to the kids
standing at the perimeter fence
near the approach end of the runway.But one problem remained.How would the kids on the ground
distinguish his airplane
from the hundreds of others
landing every 90 seconds?
So I said to the kids, “Look.“When I come out of West Germany
and come over to Berlin tomorrow,
“I’ll wiggle wings of that big airplane,“and when you see those wings wiggle,
that’s the airplane.”Went to my co-pilot, Engineer
John Pickering and Sergeant Elkins,
said, “Guys, I need your candy ration.”So they were good guys,
they got their ration.
Boy, I had a double handful
of chocolate bars and gum.Thought, “That’s pretty heavy.“Hit ’em in the head with that
going 110 miles an hour, “you’ll make the wrong impression.“I got to slow it down with a parachute.”So I used three handkerchiefs
as parachutes.
I couldn’t wait to get that to Berlin.The next morning, just before noonas Gail flew his approach
to Tempelhof Air Base,
he saw the kids assembled
at the perimeter fence just as planned.
Without hesitation
he wiggled his wings back and forth
and prepared for the candy drop.So Elkins pushed ’em out
just as we were approaching the fence.
Well, we wanted to do it again,
and then we did it three times, and then we got caught.After the third drop, Lieutenant Halvorsen
and crew flew back to Rhein-Main Air Base
in West Germany.When they arrived,
an agitated officer boarded his plane,
and ordered Gail
to report to Commander Haun immediately.
Colonel Haun then proceeded
to grill the young Mormon lieutenant
about his extracurricular activities.“Halvorsen, what’ve you been doing
over Berlin? “Flying like mad, sir.” “I’m not stupid,” he said.
“What else you been doing?” And then I knew he knew. Pulled out a newspaper,
threw it on the counter.“My airplane, tail number, parachutes.“You almost hit a newspaper guy
on the head with a candy bar yesterday,
“he’s got the story all over the world.“Halvorsen, you didn’t have permission.”He was taking his career and the career of
everybody else involved into his hands, because it would mean
not just a reprimand, but probably an immediate court martial.Gen. Tunner, who was known as
Willie the Whip,
an incredibly harsh commander,he didn’t send Gail Halvorsen packing.He told him to keep on doing
what he was doing,
to recruit others to join his operation.And it became not just the Candy Bomber,
but the Candy Bombers.
Everybody, sooner or later, heard of this crazy lieutenant up there
throwing candy out the window,now he got everybody doing it.In no time at all,a tidal wave of excitement
propelled members of Gail’s squadron
to start dropping candy
to various locations throughout Berlin.
Gail directed the briefings
on what would become known as
Operation Little Vittles.Soon words spread stateside and candy
came pouring in from a variety of sources,
including the Hershey candy company.But what no one could have
realized at the time
was just how impactful
these efforts would be
on boosting the morale of
the German people,
a former enemy, in their hour of need.The all ran like crazy,
and I’m trying to catch up with them
and my little feet can’t
carry me very fast,
and then my brothers would come backwith their little handkerchiefs
and their candy.
Sixty-four years later,
they still haven’t forgotten. Sir, thank you very much
for all you did for Berlin. -I love you.
-I love you, too.He did it out of
the goodness of his heart.
He wasn’t ordered to,
he just saw the need.
But that little act of kindness,
two little sticks of chewing gum, stopped World War III.By the conclusion
of the 14-month operation,
Gail and his squadron dropped 21 tons
of chocolate from the sky,
and in doing so,
helped sustain the German people
through a continued renewal of hope.I don’t believe that the airlift
would’ve succeeded
and that the people of Berlin would’ve
been able to stand their ground,
was it not for the kind of inspirationthat Gail Halvorsen
and the others provided.
The Berlin air lift officially
ended in May of 1949
and Gail was reassigned stateside.With the support of his new bride Alta,Gail continued his
distinguished military career
and together they raised five children.But new challenges lay in store for Gail.After 50 years of marriage, his wife Alta
suddenly die of a heart attack.
Rather than look back, however,
Gail pressed forward,
continuing to lose himself
in the service of others.
Don’t forget that.In time, he would meet and marry
Lorraine Pace of Amado, Arizona.
She had the most beautiful teeth
I ever saw and the smile to go with it. And she had her original teeth. Okay, so, eight hundred are done.Today, at the age of 92,Gail and Lorraine still participate
in commemorative candy drops.
They enjoy an extremely active lifestyle,
exercising every day,
often walking five to 10 miles in the
desert surrounding their home in Arizona.
-Why, what a gorgeous night.
-I’ll say. -No clouds up there.
-Beautiful.In addition, they are actively
involved in their community,
always serving, always willing to share
what they have learned with others
through their combined
182 years of life experience.
I’ve been a Mormon
since I was just a little boy
and it’s shaped
every decision that I’ve made.
The things I learned
those days in Sunday school
have been with me all my life.Service is the bottom line
to happiness and fulfillment.
The Dead Sea’s dead because it wraps its arms
around all the fresh water, gives out nothing and turns to salt.In each of our neighborhoods
we’ve got Dead Sea souls,
because they have no
outside contact or won’t serve.
It’s service before self,
and gratitude, attitude,
those kind of things can bring you
through the darkest time.
You don’t get happiness from
the bigger house or more money, that’s the false god.The only true feeling of worth a person
has is when you get outside yourself
and when you help somebody elseand following the Savior’s example,
to the degree that one is able to do that,is the only way to happiness.From the low deserts of Arizona
all the way around the globe
to the foothills of the highest
mountains in the world,
another man driven by
the same need to serve others,
resides with his family
in Kathmandu, Nepal.
I love my country Nepal.The beauty that God has
given to us by His creation.
The high mountains, green hills.Nepal is naturally very beautiful.There are lots of tall mountains here,ranging from 26,000 feet to 30,000 feet.It’s really breathtaking when you have
good weather and a good view.It’s like you look and look and look,
and you’ll never get enough.
Most of the government works
are done in Kathmandu.
The universities are here,
better schools are here,
so it’s good for my family to be here.I am Bishnu Adhikari.
I live in Kathmandu with my family.My wife Mangala, our first daughter Smina,second daughter Rebecca
and then our son Jeewarshav
You did fight with your friends?Bishnu and his 10 siblings grew up in
this remote village of Lamjung,
nestled deep within the foothills
of the Himalayan mountain range.
We had a small patch of land
where we cultivated our food.
I was raised in a very religious family.My parents were very faithful on what
they had believed for generations.
I trusted God,whatever the god, at that time,
we believed in because there were many.
However, mostly I worshipped out of fear.I decided to go to a Christian school,and I was exposed to
the new religion and philosophythat was brought by Jesus Christ
and I felt really good about it.
Later on, I had decided to go do
my master in Unites States for two years.
With that degree
and engineering background,
I find a job in California,
I worked there for less than a year
and I felt like I have so much
to do back in Nepal.
I need to go back.I am so fortunate that my work
takes me to the remote areas
where I have grown up.People there are underprivileged
in many ways
and I find ways to help them.And it has been my dream
from the childhood
that I could help others to get
similar opportunities,
so I decided to come back
and be part of this process.
I could never give them the hope
that Bishnu gives them
because he was a boyin these schools that really had no way
of getting out of poverty and he did.Bishnu is currently working with
U.S. based CHOICE Humanitarian
to build new schools, roads
and water systems in areas that,
until now, have not enjoyed
such basic vital services.
Education is the key for them
to come out of poverty.
Development is very, very slow.People are suffering. I would like to multiply
my efforts 10 times. There is a spring about
17 kilometers away, up in the mountain and the gravity pushes that water
through a conduit, through a pipe, and pushes through the valley
and stores in this tank and distributes to the nine
different community of 1,500 families.When Bishnu comes to visit these villages,it is honestly like
a movie star is in town.
He is such an example for what is possibleand for these people, that’s what
they need, they need that hope.When people give me additional
or extra emphasis,
I feel uncomfortable because I don’t consider myself
special than them.And as a son of our Heavenly Father,they and myself,
in His eyes, we are equal.We have a custom in Nepal
that is called “putting tika.”
It’s like a red chalk,and you put it on the forehead,
that’s a sign of welcome and respectEven though so many people
depend on the services
that Bishnu and his organization provides,he takes time out just for fun,
just for family.
My dad dances very goofily. He doesn’t really know to dance. Yeah.I love to take part in celebrationsand I love to make up things
and dance and enjoy people
and be part of the celebration.He tries to dance everywhere he goes,and seeing this goofy dance, everybody who
has, like, waited for some turn to dance,everybody gets up
because of his goofy dance.
In terms of dancing,yeah, I think I’m goofy.In 2002, I climbed up to
the Mount Everest base camp
and I took opportunities
and say my prayers.
I felt peace and comfort.At the same time,
I have hard time to believe
that any locations are better than othersfor your enlightenment.It’s your desire to call upon God and be in tune of the spirit
wherever you are.When I was in Russia
as an engineering student,
I met missionaries from the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsand went to have discussions,I thought, “I need to grab it.
I need to be part of it.”
And I’m so happy, so very happy that I made that decision. Now I understand that He loves me.He loves all of His childrenand that is the reason why He has
given His Son Jesus Christ
for us to be able to come back to Him.It’s a totally different perspective,
different understanding of God.
So there is no fear, it’s rather a love.Shortly after Bishnu converted
to his newfound faith,
his father expressed serious concerns
and asked if he would now be forced
to abandon traditional family
and cultural practices.
I explained that it’s a culture and faith,
two different things.Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that
you have to abandon your culture.
When we meet our father, boys touch
the feet with their forehead,
that is a sign of highest respect. Continuously trying for improvement
is the foundation of our Gospel.Because it’s a genuine effort
to become their friends,
they embrace me very well wherever I go.And I hope and continue
to work on my weaknesses
that I may be genuine
to that relationship,so that it’s not one-day effort
or two days a month effort,
but it’s a genuine effort for a lifetime.I’m no close to perfection,but I’m perfect in one thing,
I’m perfect in trying.
Mormon missionaries,
maybe you’ve seen them.
White shirts, black name tags
and now, even more often,
young lady missionaries, too.So who are they? What motivates their
worldwide voluntary service?
I’m gonna guess Austria.I think maybe Switzerland.I’ll say Canada.I think he’s gonna go
to Sydney, Australia. Part of me wants to say New Zealand.
Who knows? I could see him in Germany. North Carolina. Or Brazil. Or… I don’t know!Today is a special day
in the Armstrong home,
because today their oldest child Anthony
opens a much-anticipated letter
from the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints
informing him where he’s been assigned
to serve his two-year voluntary mission.
The night I got my mission call…It’s kind of crazy.
I had few friends over. It was a Tuesday night. -How ya doing?
-We’re excited for you.That was a day of a lot of excitement,
turmoil, anxiety.
-And it was…
-Excitement, turmoil, anxiety. All right. Moment of truth. “Dear Elder Armstrong, you’re hereby
called to serve as a missionary “of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. “You are assigned to labor
in the South Africa Durban Mission.”It was an emotional moment for mebecause I’ve known Anthony since he was
a little baby.And he’s grown to be such a fabulous
young man.
You’re gonna do awesome. “You will prepare to preach
the Gospel in the English language.” Yes!It was amazing to me that someone
who felt like she had nothing,
and was weak
and really didn’t have much to live for, when I first met her,
was now full of life. It was a stark contrast from what
we saw in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “You will learn…” Yes!
That was awesome. That was so…Thirty-five years earlier,Dawn’s young life was off
to a rocky start.
Her parents were only 16 years old
when she was born.
And as fast as it began,
their marriage abruptly ended.
The only family she knew was broken apart.After my mother split up,she turned to drugs and alcohol.Food and clothing and love
and nurturing just were not an option because my mom
just wasn’t emotionally available to provide that kind of support to us.I’ve been on my own since I was 15.I just couldn’t take the abuse anymore.Shortly after, I found myself
in the same situation
that my mother was in,
and I got pregnant at 16.I was not married.My boyfriend was not interested
in assuming the responsibility
of parenthood at that time.And so Anthony came into the world,and I was alone in raising him.After spending the better part
of a year in a homeless shelter,
Dawn and Anthony were finally able
to get an apartment of their own.
It was here where they met
two sister missionaries
from the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
We talked about the Gospel of
Jesus Christ in different ways that applied to her
and how she could change her life.She needed friends, and so,
as we were able to teach her the Gospel,
she talked to us in a way that were more different
than other people we taught. Today we are getting shirts, slacks,
shoes, socks, raincoat…Pretty much everything he’ll need
for two years.
And we get to fit it in one bag
that weighs under 50 pounds.
And we’re looking for how nicely it fits
across the back here.I think that a mission is going
to teach him
a depth of soul
that he wouldn’t get at home.
I think it will teach him how
to lose himself in the service of others.
When you compare it to your suit,
which complements your suit more? -That one.
-Okay. -Right?
-Right.It’s surreal having himtry suits on and things like thatbecause the days are counting down, and I realize I’m not going
to be watching him wear the suits…I worked hard.I’ve owned and operated
a lawn care business.
So that’s how I’ve been able
to pay for my mission.
He’s obviously contributed quite a bit
to his mission financially, and I think that he will have a much richer experience
because he did that. I challenge all of you to prepare, do all that you can to make sure
you’re worthy to go.I can’t help someone be better
in their own life
if my life isn’t in order.I had to meet with my bishop and
just make sure that my life
and everything was in order
with the Gospel and its teachings. The Gospel’s been such a joy in my life,
and that’s something that I want to share.It was a very difficult time for Dawn.I mean, she was already struggling with just trying to make things work
and give her sonthe best life that he could have.My boyfriend and I got back together. We tried to make a go of it because,
of course,you want the fairy tale.You want your children
to have their father in their life.
I became pregnant again
with our second child.
My boyfriend was adamantly against
having another child,
and then he said that it was over.And a month later, Trey was born.
He was beautiful. He was perfect.
I think it was in December.
We received a call from her, in tears,
indicating that Trey had passed away.Even losing him, I went through alone.I think that was hard for me
to have a child
that no one ever saw.My parents never held him,
never looked at him.
You know, the missionaries would come over
and I would just say, “Don’t talk to me about God.
Where is God in this? “No God that I know would let this happen
to one of His children.”At this point I’m in Arkansas.
And in this teeny, tiny town,
I walk into a convenience store.And the woman
that was working the cash register,she could see that I was visibly shaken.She kind of stopped me.
She said, “Are you okay?”
Instantly, I was just
so emotionally overwhelmed
and so alone that I confided in her
with what I was going through. And she said, “Are you religious?”
And I said,“Well, I’ve actually been studying
the LDS Church, the Mormon Church.”
And she said, “Well, I’m LDS, “and, you know,
I can call some missionaries over here, “and I’d be happy for them
to give you a blessing.”And at that momentI knew that He didn’t leave me. That was Him saying, “Just hold on, “just hold on a little longer. “You’re almost there.
You’re just so close, and I’m here, “and I love you, and my love is real.” I knew that if she would commit
and she would take that next step, that it would bring happiness in her life. I had to decide
what I wanted to do with my life.Soon after, Dawn was baptizedas a member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
Then, just a few months prior
to her 19th birthday,
and with a strong desire to start fresh,Dawn and Anthony made a big move out West
and never looked back.
Shortly thereafter,
she met and married Craig Armstrong,
a local-grown Mormon boy
from Salt Lake City, Utah.
From that point on, her and Anthony’s life
would never be the same.
It took me forever
before I’d actually admitted to myself that she was my girlfriend. But… You never said I was your girlfriend,
your mother did. That’s true. He told me, “She’s got a little boy.”
And I said, “Well, “that doesn’t create a problem,
because if you love her,“then we’ll love the little boy.”-Hey, that sounds good.
-I made steaks for Anthony.They see me as a person,
they don’t see me as
“Black Anthony.” They don’t see me as,
you know, “Oh, well, he’s half and half.” They just see me as Anthony,
they see me for who I am.Craig is very special
in lots of different ways,
but one of the things that gave him
a great depth of character
is the fact that he’s missing a leg
on his left side.
What I love most about skiing is,
it’s probably one of the only sports
I can really do that I feel unlimited.And I love that because my life
has been full of physical limitations.
Yeah, Dad! Old man’s still got it! He’s safe!Anthony being my oldest
has been really great.
As a father, I’m always trying
to push my kids always to that next level,
push them a little bit
out of their comfort zone so they get that additional growth.Not once even from the first time
that I met my dad have I ever thought
that he was disabled.That’s one thing very valuable
that Craig brought to the table,
was the fact that he was different.He always picks the easy stuff. Whatever. There was a commonality there that I knew
that Craig would be able to identify and help Anthony when he struggled
when it came to being different. Stand on your left leg. Use your legs.I love and admire my dad.
He’s always been there.
There hasn’t been a wrestling match
that he hasn’t seen
and been there to coach.Football and baseball and track…
He’s always been there to help out.
I just have a lot of respect for him.
I just have awesome parents.The day of Anthony’s departure
is finally here.
And like most families
who support missionaries,
it’s a mixed bag of emotions.Hey, dude, I can totally go. What are you doing in there? We’re going to have to fold everything
as tiny as it gets.For the next two years,
Anthony’s only contact with his family
will be through weekly e-mail
and one call home each Christmas
and Mother’s Day.You’re packed.It’s like your heart
walking outside your chest.
Your head knows all the right reasons
that he should be going, but your heart just does not care.It’s like your heart and your head
are constantly in turmoil.
And Anthony is a huge part of my heart.He’s the oldest brother,
he’s the leader of the pack,
and that leadership is going to be missed.One more group hug. -I’m proud of him.
-Come on, guys.He will bless many lives,
and it’s worth doing.
I mean,
I’m a living result of the miracles
that can come from missionary work.I can’t be selfish.
No matter how much I love him, I… He’s not mine. He was on loan.Now, it’s time to give him back
for a time.
And it’ll be hard,but it’s worth doing.Hey, everybody, it’s Elder Armstrong.Everything’s been going good
at the Johannesburg MTC.I’ll be back here on Thursday…I think the church sends missionaries out
because there is people like me
waiting for their lives to be changed.I sincerely believe that in life
there’s really no coincidences, that there’s nothing
really random about life.He’s my best friend, Elder Armstrong.
He’s a good guy.
I think, in a way, that God makes
appointments for us with others.When the people see a missionary
on the street and it happens to be my son,
I would just encourage them
to keep their own appointments,
to not shut God out,to open themselves up to the possibilitythat there’s something out there
that they don’t realize. And hope that they would
just take a minute to hear His message.One choice can change everything.And then that one choice turns into
another amazing choice and just, like, one bad choice can spiral
into just despair and hopelessness,good choices can turn into miracles
and potential unrealized…
I look at my life now,
and it’s a whole different universe.
I adore and cherish my family.My life has been full of miracles,full of God touching
every aspect of my life.
Now, I have a better understanding
of how to find peace. You’re not always going
to be perfectly happy,but you can always be
at peace with things,
knowing that God loves you,
understanding my relationship with him.
It’s totally different now
to go through hard things
and have that support and have that lovethat only a Father in Heaven can provide.And having the grace
that only Christ can give is… It’s the perfect combination
for a happy life.As you can see, Mormons come in all sizes,
shapes, and colors.
We belong to a worldwide family,the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
We’re not perfect, and though we struggle
and worry about all the things
that most people struggle and worry about,we found something that helps us meet
the daily challenges of life,
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Mormons respect and defend
the rights of everyone to worship as they choose. And we invite all to join
with us on common ground, to live as the Savior lives, serve as He serves, and love as He loves. So, if you want to know
what makes us tick, the answer is simple. We strive to follow the example
of Jesus Christ. We love God and believe
that He has a plan for all of us. We believe that each one of us
has amazing potential. Each one of us
has an important part to play.

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