Ephraim's Rescue

Synopsis: By listening to and following his heart, Ephraim Hanks finds his way in life and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company. Based on a true story.
Director(s): T.C. Christensen
Production: Excel Entertainment
  1 win.
99 min

You're too late...

She died two hours ago.

The Relief Society sisters

are preparing her for burial.

Brother Johnson.

Your wife would

like to talk to you.

My darling!

I had the most wonderful dream.

There was a man with white

hair and a full white beard

sitting here beside my bed.

He told me that I would bear

and raise seven daughters.

The man also said

there would be a time in life when

they would all stand together

and be a great joy to me.

Being worthy when your

opportunity arrives

is a lesson it took

me years to learn.

It is, for me, what a

good life is all about.

But as a boy, becoming a good man was

the furthest thing from my mind.

It wasn't the first time

I'd put Lindy up wet,

but as it was Sunday, Pa couldn't take

it to me 'til the Sabbath had passed.

They went off to church

and that gave me time

to make the decision to

strike off on my own...

I've always loved the Sabbath.

I determined to show my parents

I could sort out what

this life is all about

and grow up to become a good man.

I worked my way around parts

of the country for a time,

learned what they knew,

then found myself

in the United States Navy

on the USS Columbia!

Three years later

I was back where I began,

at the port of Boston.

May have broke your

china on that one, eh?

- Get out a here.

- Be quick about it, Eph!


You lookin' for a bustin', mister?

That's quite a temper

you've developed there.

Yeah, so?

Where is your home?

Ohio. Who's asking?

How long since you've been there?

Three years. Now, who's asking?

Three years is a long time

from those you cherish.

Yeah. Well, I hope nobody's

waiting for me at the window

'cause I'm going to town, changing

ships and off for another three years.

May I offer to watch your

belongings in your absence?

Now why would I ever...?

Yes, I'd be obliged, sir.

Thank you kindly.

Eph, quit your dawdling!

Time's a wastin'! We got good

times to be had tonight!

Ephraim? What kind of

name is Ephraim, anyway?

I haven't heard a name that

peculiar since those, huh...

those New Guinea blokes, eh?

Strange birds they were.

As quickly as he had arrived,

the Man in the Grey

Tweed Suit was gone.

A new thought entered my head.

I made the decision to forgo

the Navy and return home.

Now, in my later years,

I see more clearly.

Though as a boy I had

stayed close to God,

as a sailor I was drifting

further and further away...

It was time to return and

make amends with my parents.

Acorn, that's a good boy.

Good boy.

I believe you took a

wrong turn, neighbor.


It's Eph!

Ephraim! Ephraim!

My boy!

Where was he buried?

Near the south oak.

Did he have an ailment?

What did he die of?

He was old, Ephraim. He was 52.

During those years at sea, I...

I wanted to make you

and father proud.

Now I'll never know...

If you have any regrets, son, let

them be for your brother Sidney.


Where is Sidney?

He's been led away by

the terrible Mormons.


They have cast a spell upon him.

Where is he?

A-way out west, almost to

the ocean, in Illinois.

Well, then I will go and free him.

Yes, go... as soon as you are able.

Saving Sidney was what

my mother wanted...

and seemed to be an

opportunity to show her

I could do something good.

Looking back, it seems like

everything that happened in my life

was a lesson God

wanted me to learn.

Like the morning a visitor stopped by

to teach me about keeping my head.

Some days, lessons come

one after another.

After taking the right path,

a strange despair fell upon me,

and I was overpowered

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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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