joseph smith

out of liberty

Family Review: OUT OF LIBERTY is a Gritty, Inspiring True-Story Western

By Jonathan Decker WHAT’S OUT OF LIBERTY ABOUT? Weary jailer Samuel Tillery is tasked with protecting Joseph Smith and other Latter-day Saint prisoners in Liberty Jail until they can get a fair trial, a job made difficult by angry mobs who want the men dead. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) Between Out of Liberty, The Fighting Preacher, The Other Side of Heaven 2, and last year’s Jane and Emma, Latter-d ...[Read More]

Jane and Emma

JANE AND EMMA Family Movie Review

By Trina Boice  WHAT’S JANE AND EMMA ABOUT? Based on the true story of Jane Manning, this touching movie illustrates the sweet friendship between her and Emma Smith, wife of Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith. It’s a story you have probably never heard before, but one that will warm your heart, strengthen your faith, and add greater depth to your knowledge of history.  Jane was one of the first ...[Read More]

Do You Know Why Satan Hits You When He Does?

Do You Know Why Satan Hits You When He Does?

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) This article is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective. “The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes.” – Joseph Smith I've observed a phenomenon in my life and those of my clients. The nearer we get to blessings, the closer we are to ach ...[Read More]

Joseph Smith

Was Joseph Smith Actually a Prophet? New Book Explores Evidence

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: This article is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective.  If you ask me, Michael Ash is one of the most valuable voices in the kingdom of God today. As critics attempt to tear the Church down by attacking its foundational claims, Ash continues to display strong and compelling evidence supporting those same claims. Always quick to acknowledge t ...[Read More]

christian vuissa


By Jonathan Decker In the past decade there’ve been quite a few solid films chronicling the life of Joseph Smith, such as the new first vision video, The Work and the Glory films, Joseph Smith- The Prophet of the Restoration, and, indirectly, Emma Smith: My Story. What sets your film apart, or in other words, why should audiences give this a look if they’ve seen all the others? What led you to tel ...[Read More]

joseph smith


REVIEW (GRADE: A-)   This has been a prolific decade for films about Joseph Smith. Ten years ago the Church produced The Restoration, a lovely short film about the First Vision (watch it here) that improved greatly on the cheesy and dated 1976 version. Then non-Mormon actor Jonathan Scarfe brought conviction and charisma to the role in the Work and the Glory trilogy, his performance arguably the b ...[Read More]

TC Christensen


By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Note: This interview originally appeared in Meridian Magazine and is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective.  LDS church members may or may not know the name, but they are likely familiar with the work of talented filmmaker T.C. Christensen. As a cinematographer, director, writer, and producer he has had a hand in many beloved films, including The T ...[Read More]

emma smith my story

EMMA SMITH: MY STORY Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S EMMA SMITH: MY STORY ABOUT? Explores the life, trials, and triumphs of Emma Smith, wife of Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith. Rent or buy it here.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) Produced by the Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society, this lushly-shot and very well-acted take on the life of Emma Smith was directed by Gary ...[Read More]