The continuing story of the real-life ‘The Saratov Approach’ elders

It’s a moment in their lives they will never forget. Fifteen years ago Andrew Propst and Travis Tuttle were kidnapped, held for ransom for five days and let go while serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia. Or, at least that is the story in a nutshell. However, Propst […]

‘The Saratov Approach’ director planned for movie 15 years ago

Fifteen years ago headlines covered the nation’s newspapers about two LDS missionaries kidnapped in Saratov, Russia. Garrett Batty, a BYU film student at the time, tucked away news stories about these elders and planned someday to make a story of their experience. Now, at last, these elders’ story is a full-length motion picture and Batty’s […]

Serving the Web

By Kaitlyn Ward Even before the missionary age requirement was lowered, Provo’s Alex Balinski had already been inspired.  The BYU broadcast major wanted to create video resources for prospective missionaries about each state or country they could be called to. After countless hours, Alex’s idea became less of a documentary and transitioned to YouTube videos […]

LDS Church expresses sorrow over recent missionary deaths

Officials from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared a video on Sept. 4 expressing their sorrow for families that have lost missionaries this year. According to the LDS Church, 10 missionaries have died while serving full-time missions this last year. “For the Church and particularly for the families of these missionaries who […]