New DVDs Cater to Home and Family
March 25, 2005 — News from the Church
In an effort to provide families greater access to Church videos and other materials for use in the home, in personal study, and in home evening groups, the Church has created the new Home and Family Collection of DVDs.
The first installments of the Home and Family Collection, which is a compilation of previously released films and programs that were originally found only on VHS, are currently available for purchase.
The first three DVDs are To This End Was I Born (the full-length version of The Lamb of God), Book of Mormon Stories, and The Mountain of the Lord.
To This End Was I Born tells the story of the last hours of the Savior's life on earth, His visit to the spirit world, and His Resurrection. While the other Home and Family Collection DVDs are currently available only in English, To This End Was I Born is available in American Sign Language, Cantonese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Tagalog. Subtitles for the film are available in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Because of DVD technology, all 17 languages are available on one disc unlike the original VHS version, which required a separate cassette for each language.
The Book of Mormon Stories DVD provides still pictures and text from Book of Mormon Stories, a simple, illustrated version of the Book of Mormon designed for children. The four-hour DVD is designed to be used to supplement family home evening and Church lessons.
The Mountain of the Lord, a film that recalls the history of the construction of the Salt Lake Temple, is available in English and ASL. The DVD includes a bonus feature: black-and-white photographs taken during the time when the temple was under construction.
Other installments in the collection are scheduled to be released in the coming months.
Although not a part of the Home and Family Collection, the Church has also made available on DVD Legacy, a film about the travails of the early Saints who were driven westward, and Doctrine & Covenants and Church History DVD Presentations, a collection of short films for use in youth and adult Gospel Doctrine classes. Legacy is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Samoan, Spanish, and Tongan. The Gospel Doctrine DVD is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The DVDs are available at distribution centers or may be ordered online at www.ldscatalog.com.