Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Part of the Landmarks of Faith series originally seen on the Odyssey Network, this "travelogue of American spirituality" covers the history of the mid-19th century Mormon relocation from its roots in Ohio, across the Mississippi to Missouri, and from there, to the valley of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Hosted by filmmaker Schuyler Sackett, this episode is the second volume of the two-part look at the Church of Latter-Day Saints. With its continuing interest in the architecture of faith, this program takes viewers to temples built by Mormon pioneers in St. George, Logan, and Manti, and explains the "honey bee" communities that enabled the Mormons to farm the desert. Highlights include the story of the "miracle of the seagulls," the rescue of the "handcart pioneers," and reporting on the national debate over religious freedom that resulted in statehood for Utah. The first episode is titled Landmarks of Faith: Latter-Day Saints -- Beginnings.
church, faith, heritage, Mormon, spirituality