Meet the Mormons, a feature-length documentary that examines the diverse lives of six faithful and devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, premiered in the Salt Lake City, Utah area on 7 October 2014. The movie, which was produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help people better understand who Mormons are, what they believe, and what their lives are like, began showing in over 300 theaters across the country on Friday, 10 October 2014.
The movie, which was filmed on location and across the globe, takes viewers on a journey that focuses on the day-to-day lives of Latter-day Saints living in the United States, Costa Rica, Nepal, and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.
Bishnu Adhikari is a humanitarian who after leaving his village in Nepal to earn a degree in Engineering, returned to his homeland with a new found faith and determination to help improve the living conditions of the area by building roads, schools, and water systems.
Coach Ken Niumatalolo, the Head Football Coach of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland maintains a balance between the pressures of his high-stress job and putting his family and faith first, making the monumental decision to cancel staff meetings on Sundays to honor the Sabbath day.
Carolina Muñoz Marin, an extreme sports enthusiast from Costa Rica, has fought her way to the top of women’s amateur kickboxing with the help of her husband, thus debunking the traditional stereotypes of Mormon women. In between family time and preparing for competitions, she and her husband run a charity that benefits the less fortunate in Costa Rica.
At the time of the making of the movie, Jermaine Sullivan was serving as a Bishop of a congregation in Atlanta, Georgia. He now serves as a Stake President and works full-time as an academic counselor to 200 students in order to support his wife and three kids.
Dawn Armstrong is the missionary mom who as a struggling single mother had lost all hope until she was introduced to missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ who helped her and her son get back on their feet and start a new life. Since the release of the movie, her son Anthony has served a full-time two-year mission for the Church, and according to a recent conversation with Dawn, just started his sophomore year at Brigham Young University (BYU) and hopefully applying to the Marriot accounting program in June.
Colonel Gail Halvorsen (Ret.) was known as “The Candy Bomber” during the 1940s Berlin Airlift when he started dropping candy tied to parachutes out of his airplane window to children below. That one small act of kindness sparked worldwide attention and support and helped boost the morale of the people of West Berlin.
The title track of the movie is called “Glorious.” The song was written by Stephanie Mabey and performed by world-renowned Mormon artist David Archuleta, who himself served a full-time two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ in Chile. To date (late 2015) the YouTube video has amassed 3,928,847 views and 25,080 likes. The Spanish version of the same video has received 51,852 views and 470 likes to date. The song can down be downloaded for free in both English and Spanish.