Last Thursday Alan and I had the opportunity to see Ephraim’s Rescue at the red carpet premiere! T.C. Christensen and the two main actors were there at the beginning to introduce the film. It was great to have a night out with Alan and to see a movie.
I loved Ephraim’s Rescue! I cried like 5 times. Alan thought it wasn’t quite as good as 17 Miracles, but close (If you haven’t seen that one it’s by the same producer and is about the Willie handcart company. It’s great!), but I liked it just as much.
The story is about Ephraim Hanks who was one of the rescuers of the Martin handcart company. It follows his life from a young man to his rescue of the handcart company and how his life was molded and shaped so he could be there for those people.
It reminded Alan and I of our lives right now. How each step of the way of Alan doing seminary teaching has been guided. The when and how of it all working out for us to get to this point. And although some things didn’t make sense at the time, they are beginning to and things are working out!
Anyway back to the story. The movie also follows a young boy from England as he journeys to Salt Lake in the Martin handcart company with his mother. It’s heartbreaking to see what some of these people had to go through. Not having any pioneer ancestors myself, I have grown to appreciate them so much more as I’ve learned more about them. And as I’ve learned more about my own family history and Alan’s family (who does have pioneer ancestors).
This movie is full of miracles, tears, and triumph. It really is amazing to see it come to life and to get an idea of what it was like for these people to travel from their often comfortable homes in England, across the wilderness of the United States through snow, and finally into Salt Lake City. You can’t really appreciate it until you read about their own stories or see wonderful films like Ephraim’s Rescue to help you see what they went through.
Definitely go see this movie! It comes out tomorrow (May 31st). See if it’s coming to a theater near you HERE.
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