The Errand of Angels

Synopsis: A wide-eyed sister missionary arrives in Austria to begin her 18-month-long mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite having to make a few cultural adjustments, Sister Taylor meets every challenge with optimism. Her enthusiasm to share the Gospel makes her indomitable, until she finds herself with an abrasive companion whom she doesn't understand and doesn't particularly like. This challenge, along with the ordinary vicissitudes of missionary life begin to wear on her, and thus in the process of sharing the Gospel, Sister Taylor finds herself gaining a better understanding of its key precepts: faith, repentance, forgiveness, and charity.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Christian Vuissa
Production: Excel Entertainment
 
IMDB:
6.1
PG
Year:
2008
91 min
30 Views


Ever since I was a little girl,

I've wanted to serve a mission.

My parents joined

The Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-day Saints

when I was 5,

and I still admire

everything missionaries do.

I received my mission call

on my 21st birthday,

right before the end

of my junior year at BYU.

To find out where I would be serving

for 18 months

was definitely one of the

most exciting experiences.

I have been officially called

to serve in the Austria Vienna Mission.

Austria is in the heart of Europe

and has about 8 million citizens.

Of those, only 4,000

are Latter-day Saints.

In Austria the hills are alive

with the sound of music,

and edelweiss

is not the national anthem

but the national flower.

Mozart and many other

famous composers

were born or lived in Austria.

The waltz is an Austrian dance,

and "Silent Night"

is an Austrian Christmas carol.

My first mission area is Graz,

an 800-year-old city

Today I met my first companion,

Sister Felder.

President Smith told me

she is one of the best missionaries;

she'll teach me everything

I need to know.

I'm very excited.

We already get along really well.

Okay, let's pray.

I'm kind of scared.

I don't know if I have what it takes

to be a good missionary.

Don't worry.

It's really easy.

You only have to follow a few rules

and you'll be fine.

Rule number 1;

We get up early every morning

and go jogging.

Rule number 2;

We study hard every day

as a companionship

so that we're always in tune

with the spirit.

Rule number 3;

We always pray together

before we leave the apartment,

so we can find the people

who are waiting for the gospel.

Rule number 4;

We never miss an opportunity

to talk about the gospel

and invite people to be baptized.

And rule number 5;

We eat up all the food.

Wait.

What did you say?

I said, "We eat up all the food."

No leftovers.

Sister Felder, you're going

to have to help me out here.

What is this?

Suelze.

It's a mixture of calves' feet

and pig snouts in gelatin.

You're kidding, right?

No.

Eat, Sisters, eat.

There's plenty more in the kitchen.

Wonderful, Sister.

I like your appetite.

Try this.

What is it?

Kutteln.

It's beef stomach

and intestines.

You eat it with potatoes

and salad.

It's yummy.

Stomach? Intestines?

Why would anybody

want to eat that?

There is plenty.

I can tell you are hungry.

Let me help you.

Good.

Remember:

We eat up all the food.

I don't know if I can do this.

I thought Rule 5

would be the easiest.

I don't think

I ever want to eat again.

Don't worry.

You'll want to eat again.

We're on time.

Since we're already here,

we can tract the doors in this building.

Okay.

Yes?

We are like Jesus Christ

and your mother.

We are missionaries from

The Church of Jesus Christ

and would love to talk to your family

about a very special message.

My mom is sleeping.

Can you come back tomorrow?

We'd love to.

What's your name?

Sonja.

See you tomorrow, Sonja.

Okay, what did she say?

Well, you heard her.

Yeah, but it was in German.

-Did she say we can come back?

-Yeah.

That's awesome!

And Joseph Smith

said in his own words:

"I saw a pillar of light

exactly over my head,

"above the brightness of the sun.

"When the light rested upon me

"I saw 2 Personages

of indescribable light and glory

"standing above me in the air.

"One of them spake unto me,

calling me by name and said,

"pointing to the other--

This is My Beloved Son.

Hear Him!"

Very good!

I'm impressed.

Thanks.

It's so beautiful.

And there's so much history here.

Think of all the people

that have lived in these houses.

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Christian Vuissa

Christian Vuissa (born 1969) is a Latter-day Saint filmmaker. He is also the founder and head of the LDS Film Festival. Vuissa is a native of Austria and served an LDS mission in Leipzig, Germany from 1994 to 1996. He was involved in the making of Pirates of the Great Salt Lake. He was the director of Baptists at Our Barbecue, The Errand of Angels, One Good Man (2009) (originally called Father in Israel), The Letter Writer (2011), The Reunion (2008), and Silent Night (2012). Vuissa was also the original story creator and the director of the 2002 short drama film Roots and Wings about Mexican immigrants to the United States.Vuissa is a 2002 graduate of Brigham Young University's Media Arts program. more…

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