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LDS Film Classics: The Touch

Produced by: Theater & Media Arts
Media: DVD
Length: 60 minutes
Item #: TM034
Price: $5.99

Five LDS classic videos on one DVD!

The Touch
One day, as Jesus was moving through a crowd of people, He suddenly turned and asked, "Who touched me?" The question confused His disciples. Anyone in the throng could have accidently bumped against Him. Then Jesus said, "Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue [power] is gone out of me." The touch was an act of faith. A woman with an issue of blood had touched His garment, believing that by doing so she would be healed. And she was. When Jesus saw her, He said, "Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole." This moving account is beautifully captured in the BYU production The Touch.

The Good Samaritan
During the ministry of Jesus Christ, a lawyer asked the question, "Who is my neighbor?" As with many of His teachings, Christ answered with a parable: A man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho fell among thieves and was left half dead. Two respected Jewish icons "a Priest and a Levite" passed by him in his need and a known Jewish enemy "a Samaritan" saved the man from certain death by caring for him. As important as its ethical content is, Jesus' story may also be an allegory for the mission of the Savior himself. The man traveling down-- representative of all men descending into mortality--is beset by Satan and his angels and left spiritually dead. The Priest and Levite are men of good will who desire to help, but are nevertheless mortal men and haven't the capacity to do so. Only the Good Samaritan--the Savior himself--has the power to save the beaten man from spiritual and physical death. In the final scene, the Savior answers his own question. "Go and do thou likewise" is then a charge for the lawyer, and all mankind, not only to help those in need but to become like Christ.

After giving Abraham a promise of countless posterity through which all the world would be blessed, God gave the prophet a great test: The commandment to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. This event is known by many throughout the world as the Akedah the Hebrew word for binding. Isaac, who was on the verge of manhood when this experience occurred, asked his father to bind him with cords so he would not flinch at the moment of sacrifice. Beyond the literal binding of Isaac upon the altar, the story illustrates the eternal nature of covenants when they are honored. It examines how Abraham was spiritually bound to the Lord, how the Lord was bound to keep His covenants because of Abraham's obedience, and how Abraham and Isaac were bound to one another through this experience.

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
After three years of famine, a faithful widow and her young son were down to their last "handful of meal... and a little oil." As she began to prepare all that they had left, Elijah, a prophet of the Lord, approached her, imploring, "Bring me, I pry thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand." She explained her circumstances to Elijah, and he responded with a prophetic challenge and a holy promise: "Make me thereof a little cake first..., and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, 'The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.'" Through the inspiring film of Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, experience the widow's trial of faith as told in 1 Kings as "she went and did according to the saying of Elijah."

The Sisters of Bethany
In the city of Bethany, Lazarus lies feverish and dying. His sisters, Martha and Mary, administer to their brother. Martha wants to send for Jesus. Lazarus says no--Jesus' enemies will try to kill him. Martha persists and reluctantly Lazarus acquiesces. Word is sent and during the next four days Martha waits for Christ to come. Little is known of Mary or Martha. The bible mentions them thrice: the raising of their brother Lazarus (John 11); Mary anointing the feet of Christ (John 12 1-8); and "choosing that good part" (Luke 10 38-42). But those three incidents, these short verses, are fundamental in Christ's ministry and in his teaching.

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