This film was produced as part of the 150th anniversary of Brigham Young’s first arrival to Utah in 1847.
Four years after the Church was organized, the Prophet Joseph Smith met in a small log schoolhouse with priesthood holders in Kirtland, Ohio, and said: “Brethren…you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother’s lap. You don’t comprehend it. . . . It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America — it will fill the world” (Wilford Woodruff, in Conference Report, Apr. 1898, 57).
An Ensign to the Nations examines the the worldwide growth and expansion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed in several countries, this one-hour video tells of Saints in Europe, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Asia, and Africa that have helped the Church to flourish.
“An Ensign to the Nations” was made by the LDS Church’s Audiovisual Department, with Russ Holt as the producer. With so much attention paid to the early history of the church during its sesquicentennial year, Holt said the movie depicts church history from 1847 to 1997. It makes clear that the pioneer trek wasn’t the end – but rather the beginning – of an epic story that continues to grow larger with each passing year.