“The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd,” Ensign, Sept. 2000, 33
Thus stand the Bible, a record of Jesus Christ’s ministry in the Holy Land, and the Book of Mormon, a record of His ministry in ancient America—both remarkable testaments of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Focusing on these two scriptural witnesses, the Church has recently produced a new 70-millimeter film, The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd. The film presents the message that Jesus Christ is our Savior and the cornerstone of our theology.
In the film, the story of Christ’s mortal ministry and Atonement is told while fictional characters, living in the Americas at the time of Christ, ponder and prophesy about events of His life and ministry in the Holy Land. The story of the resurrected Christ’s visit to the Nephites is also told. Though the New World characters and their dialogue are fictional, they capture the essence of the feelings and testimonies of the people described in the Book of Mormon.
The paths to Christ taken by the New World fictional characters become representative of our own or our families’ journeys. Some of us are like the fictional Helam, who even in the face of great opposition never loses his faith in Christ. Others are like Helam’s son, Jacob, who abandons his faith for the things of the world yet finds his faith reborn after a period of struggle. Still others of us are like the beautiful Leneah, who, though she is raised without belief in the Savior, hears the Lord’s prophet and believes.
Through scenes of the Savior’s ministry and the lives of these fictional New World persons, we discover a true principle—that it is through our own obedience and sacrifice to the Lord that we can come to treasure Christ’s suffering for us and rely on His Atonement. Our souls rejoice in the truth that He is the Christ, the Savior of the world, and that through Him all mankind may be saved.
The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd is shown nine times daily in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in the 500-seat Legacy Theater. Tickets can be reserved in advance or on the same day by telephoning 1-801-240-4383. Standby tickets are available in the west lobby.