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‘Legacy’ now available for home viewing

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"Legacy," the popular Church film about pioneers who settled the Salt Lake Valley, is available on VHS at Church distribution centers.

"The First Presidency wanted to make this amazing story of faith and courage available to all who wish to see it," said Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Seventy, executive director of the Church's Audiovisual Department. "The movie was extremely popular when shown in the Legacy Theater [in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building]. Now people will be able to view it in their homes."

The Church premiered "Legacy" in Salt Lake City in 1993. Approximately 5 million people viewed the film during its seven-year run. "Legacy" was recently replaced by "The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd," a new Church production about the life of Jesus Christ.

"Legacy" depicts the trials of a Latter-day Saint pioneer family as the family makes the trek to the Salt Lake Valley. Production began in January 1990 with filming in Illinois, England, New York, Wyoming, Utah and along the Mormon Pioneer Trail.

Although "Legacy" depicts a fictional family, great care was taken to make every aspect of the movie historically accurate. Most of the main characters' lines come from pioneer journals or letters. Costumes, buildings and props reflect the period and circumstances. Legacy can be purchased at any of the Church's distribution centers. The price is $7.