17 Miracles

Synopsis: The Mormon pioneers trek across the plains.
Director(s): T.C. Christensen
Production: Excel Entertainment Group
  2 wins.
113 min

Over here!

Over here!

The wolves must have got 'em.

'weren't wolves that got 'em.

They got each other.




Full attention

to General Kearny!

The Army of the United States

expresses gratitude

for this added duty

you have performed.

We will now destroy the remains.

You'll be free

to continue your journey east.

-Private Savage.

-Yes, sir.

Commence the burning.

Private Savage.

I fully realize

you have been discharged.

But having volunteered

for this detail,

be assured, you are disobeying

a direct order.


We feel that a prayer be proper

before the burning, sir.

A prayer?

Yes, sir.

You really feel like a prayer

will do them any good?

We had no control

over their actions, sir,

but we do over ours.

Dear God.

For all that we have,

we thank thee.

We pray for the souls here

in their final resting place.

Please forgive them

of their trespasses.

Their situation was dire.

In the name of Jesus Christ,




These were ordinary people

with hope for the future,

bring out the worst

that people have to offer.

We were sent

to dispose of their remains.

But in my mind,

their deeds live on.

The prophet Joseph Smith

taught us

that sacrifice brings forth

the blessings of heaven.

My brothers and sisters,

the following brethren are now

called to serve missions.

Elan Ludington...

Chancy W. White...

Benjamin F. Dewey....

And Levi Savage Jr.

Are hereby called

to the mission of Siam in Asia.

Dear brethren,

your efforts

are close to our hearts.

We ask the Lord bless you

and your loved ones

as you pursue this journey.

He lost his mother.

Now he loses me

for three or so years.

You're a good sister to me.

You are a good man, Levi.

Take care of him, Hannah,

and please tell him,

no matter what,

I promise I'll come back to him.



I love you, Junior.

Ye elders of Israel

Come join now with me

And seek out the righteous

Where'r they may be

In desert, on mountain

On land or on sea

And bring them to Zion

The pure and the free

Oh, Babylon, oh, Babylon

Even six years ago,

there were over 30,000 Mormons

here in England

and only 11,000 in Utah.

Of those that have wanted

to gather to Zion,

only a few

have found the means to do so.

Brothers and sisters,

temple blessings

are only to be found in Zion.

This is not a decision.

It is a commandment of God.

In our Savior's name, amen.



Brother Willie.

Brother Willie, down here.

Ah, brother Albert.

Do you have an answer for me?

We can take you

as far as the end of the rail,

but you may have to wait

up to a year for a wagon.


Meet you at home.


We must talk.

For all my wanting,

it has not happened for me.

I cannot be a part of it.

Chester, it is for certain.

We are going.

You may be going,

but I will not be.

You've made your choice,

as have I.

Oh, Sister Panting,

where are you running off to?

Stay and socialize a bit.

Oh, so sorry.

I must be off.



Sing with me, Christopher.

We'll find the place

Which God for us prepared

Who have you

been carrying on with?

Far away

In the west.

You been

with those Mormons again?

Where none shall come...

If I catch you

with those savages again,

so help me, I'll --

...There the Saints

will be blessed.

We'll make the air

With music ring...

And don't even consider leaving me,

or I will kill you!

...Our God and King.

Above the rest

These words we'll tell,

All is well

All is well

Though the decision to leave

a spouse is formidable,

you do so prayerfully,

and as such, we bless you

with courage and strength

and the knowledge that,

as you are steadfast,

both you and your children

shall reach the Salt Lake Valley


And we do this in the name

of Jesus Christ.




Where are we going, Mommy?

Ever so quietly now. Shh.

We're going to Zion.

Then can we go back to bed?



Tickets, please.

Tickets at the ready, please.



Tickets, please.

Tickets at the ready, please.

Tickets. Tickets.

Tickets, please.

Tickets at the ready, please.

Pardon me, ma'am.

I am sorry to be a bother,

but me husband

has threatened to kill me

and is now here on the train.

My dear, you must call

for the constable.

He's right there.

Oh, please don't look.

Now, what can I do?

Ta-ta. Turn.






Why "ta-ta"?

Turn. Ta-ta.






He looked directly at me

and his own children

and did not recognize

a one of us.

What just happened?

A miracle.

Mommy, are we going home now?


Yes, we're going home.

We are going home to Zion.

After three years in Asia,

my mission was completed,

and I was, at long last,

on my way home.

I had promises to keep.

Nothing could keep me

from my boy now.


Levi Savage!

Calling for Brother Levi Savage!

Captain Willie, l...

I appreciate your confidence.

But I had hoped not to wait.

I need to get home to my son.

These Saints need your strength

and your experience, Brother Savage.

If you help them,

the Lord will help you

and watch over your son.

These are simple farmers

and merchants, mind,

nothing like frontiersmen.

I was appointed a sub-captain.

Under my charge were over 20

handcarts and near 100 souls.

Have you ever seen a handcart?

Is that your daughter?

Nej. This is Bodil.

Her parents did not have enough

money for the travel,

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T.C. Christensen

T.C. Christensen is an American cinematographer, film director, and writer best known for his work on Latter-day Saint church history films including Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration to Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men, 17 Miracles, and Ephraim's Rescue. more…

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