In an effort to make “Meet the Mormons” more accessible to people around the world, theaters in all visitors’ centers and historic sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin showing the film beginning January 1, 2015. Showings in the Legacy Theater on Temple Square will begin on January 2. The documentary-style movie, designed to dispel common misconceptions people have about Mormons, made its national debut in more than 400 theaters across the United States in October.
“Meet the Mormons” was initially filmed to be shown exclusively in visitors’ centers. The film was originally planned as a replacement for the movie “Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration” that was playing in the Legacy Theater on Temple Square. It shares a message that the Church values people of all faiths and that they don’t have to abandon their culture to become members. It was so successful with test audiences, however, that Church leaders decided to start with a theatrical release for the first time in Church history.
The film attracted capacity audiences and ranked no. 10 nationwide in box office sales when it was released on October 10, 2014. Sold-out showings were reported in major cities from New York City to locations in California.
The movie introduces audiences to six diverse Latter-day Saints and their families who come from different cultures: engineer and humanitarian Bishnu Adhikari, who is originally from Nepal; Ken Niumatalolo, the head football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy; Carolina Muñoz Marin, an amateur kickboxer from Costa Rica who runs a charity with her husband; Jermaine Sullivan, an academic counselor and bishop in Atlanta, Georgia; Utah missionary mom Dawn Armstrong; and Col. Gail Halvorsen (Ret.), the man known as “the candy bomber” during the Berlin Airlift in the 1940s.