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ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE ABOUT? Still mourning her father's death, a teenager from a Protestant family gets roped into attending a Mormon summer camp.  IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+) Faith-based comedies often fall terribly flat. Wholesome doesn't always equal funny, and good intentions don't necessarily lead to polished screenplays (or performanc ...[Read More]

Father of Lindsey Stirling Exposes How to Defeat Satan

Father of Lindsey Stirling Exposes How to Defeat Satan

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT A doctrinal expose on Satan may seem like a hard sell at first. After all, most of us have a million other things we’d prefer to read about, not to mention that curiosity about the devil usually leads away from good. But Stephen Stirling’s latest offering, Shedding Light on the Dark Side, is not a book to be afraid of. Quite the contrary, this work (subt ...[Read More]

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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]

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Who Was Noah? Hollywood vs Gospel

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: this article was written from a Latter-day Saint perspective to coincide with the release of the 2014 film Noah.  Pop culture provides us with opportunities to engage with the people around us, share our beliefs, and clear up misconceptions. The Church’s high-road response to The Book of Mormon musical (purchasing ad space in the playbill, placing ...[Read More]

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BATMAN’S MORMON CONNECTIONS

By Jonathan Decker (Clinical Director, LMFT) Note: this article was originally written for the site Mormon Movie Guy in 2012. It is written from a Latter-day Saint perspective. Did you know that Chris Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy feature not one, but two Brigham Young University alumni? Or that two of its actors starred in separate movies about Latter-day Saint missionaries? While this may not seem ...[Read More]

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17 MIRACLES Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S 17 MIRACLES ABOUT? Trailblazer Levi Savage leads a group of Mormon pioneers on a life-and-death trek across the United States, with tragedies and miracles along the way.   IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) 17 Miracles not only stands among the best of the genre, it may be the best film yet from Mormon cinema. It is a moving, faith-inspiring ...[Read More]

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T.C. Christensen Talks 17 MIRACLES, TESTAMENTS, JOSEPH SMITH

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]

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TREASURE IN HEAVEN Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) If you’ve ever seen a Latter-day Saint film that brought your soul to a higher plane, odds are T.C. Christensen had a hand in it. As a writer, director, producer, and cinematographer, he has helped add professional gloss, creative warmth, and spiritual sincerity to projects such as The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd, The Work and the Glor ...[Read More]