The Other Side of Heaven is a 2001 film produced by Academy Award winner Gerald R. Molen and directed by Mitch Davis and stars Christopher Gorham as John Groberg and Anne Hathaway as Jean Sabin. The Other Side of Heaven is about John H. Groberg's experience as a Mormon missionary in the Tongan islands in the 1950s. The movie focuses on Groberg's adventurous experiences and trials while serving as a missionary in the South Pacific. While portraying these events, the film discusses little LDS theology, focusing instead on the Mormon missionary experience.
The movie itself is a very inspirational to all of us because there is a lot of us who keep on blaming other people and even God on the bad things that is happening to us but in truth this is the consequence of our action. It is full of moral values and things that is very realistic and essentials to human. The movie portrays what the basic ecclesial community is aimed for to bring together the families and individuals in intimate personal social relationship based on faith. John Groberg’s mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to Tonga becomes the instrument of God of teaching people the importance of putting the word of God in each in every one’s life.
John teaches people that they should have faith in God, that they should put god at the center of their family. John makes people in Tonga solid especially when the hurricane hits the island, and the island is heavily damaged. The people ration their food and water to survive and many people on the island die. John shows the importance of serving people and sharing what you have because through this stance we could change and influence people in a very meaningful way and John has been able to achieve this.
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