‘Meet the Mormons’ releasing 3 new stories exclusively in Legacy Theater and LDS visitor centers

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“Meet the Mormons” released a trailer announcing a three-video collection called, “Meet the Mormons: New Faces, New Stories.”

The videos will be shown one at a time and exclusively at the Legacy Theater on Temple Square and other English-speaking LDS visitor centers starting on Saturday, July 16, 2016.

The new faces include the entertainers (Tokyo, Japan), the artist (Pacheco, Italy) and the horseman (Morgan, Utah). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will release more details on the three new stories later this week.

Besides the three new stories, the six original stories shared in the documentary have been edited with never-before-seen footage to play as stand-alone short films at the visitor centers.

“Meet the Mormons,” which was opened in theaters in October 2014, is a full-length documentary. It featured six members of the LDS Church from around the world: the humanitarian, the coach, the fighter, the bishop, the missionary mom and the Candy Bomber.

The director and producer — Orem’s Blair Treu, director, and Cedar Hills resident Jeff Roberts, producer — behind “Meet the Mormons” originally filmed eight stories for the documentary, but they had to cut out two stories to fit the time restrictions.

“I think the single most difficult decision was which stories to cut,” Treu told UtahValley360 before the documentary was released in theaters. “We actually filmed eight stories and at some point we realized that a couple of them probably wouldn’t make it into the picture simply because of length. The most difficult decision was which stories to cut, and then the question of how we would tell these families — who are all great families — that they’re not going to be part of this picture. Also, each of these stories could be 30 minutes or more, and there are aspects of them that aren’t in the film at all but are interesting and powerful. So trying to decide what to cut out was the most difficult decision.”

In March 2015, the LDS Church donated $1.8 million to the American Red Cross from the net proceeds of “Meet the Mormons.”

Bonneville Communications is hosting a free viewing of the approximately 20-minute documentaries on Friday, July 15 from 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building: Legacy Theater, 15 South Temple in Salt Lake. Reserve tickets here.

Learn more about “Meet the Mormons: New Faces, New Stories” at meetthemormons.com.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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