It has been a while since we posted an article here on Joseph Knew, but we have a good excuse. We have been working feverishly on a documentary. “Love Unfeigned” will be available on DVD in mid July.
Here is a short (50 sec) trailer:
And a quick synopsis of the DVD
In February 1915, Willard Bean and his new wife Rebecca reported to the office of the First Presidency in Salt Lake City, Utah, and were set apart by the prophet Joseph F. Smith, to serve a mission in Palmyra for “five years or longer.” In that blessing, they were warned that they would find Palmyra the most prejudiced place in the world. President Smith said, “Willard, knowing you and your missionary work and your fighting spirit, I’m sure you are the right man to send.”
Willard was 46 years old. He had many years of experience out in the world as a missionary and public speaker, particularly with anti-Mormon crowds. His athleticism and prowess as a professional boxer had not only entertained the masses, but also commanded their respect. Having been closely tied to the Brethren of the Church since the age of 18, he knew the gospel well and had unshakeable faith and testimony. He also loved adventure!
Rebecca was 23 years old, newly married, a new step-mother to Willard’s two teenage children from a previous marriage, pregnant with her first child, and had no experience outside of Richfield, Utah.
What they had in common was deep and abiding faith and trust in the Lord; and love – as yet unmeasured – for each other, for the Prophet Joseph Smith, for our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, and for all of His children.
Love Unfeigned is the story of the 24-year mission of Willard and Rebecca Bean in the birthplace of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and how their love and influence laid the foundation for the growth of the Church in the small and sacred town of Palmyra, New York. Narrated by the Bean’s granddaughter, with recordings of Rebecca, and featuring members of the Church in Palmyra, returned missionaries through the years, and Book of Mormon historians and geographers, Love Unfeigned celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Bean’s extraordinary mission.
Biographical Sketch: Willard Washington Bean – run time 17 minutes
Biographical Sketch: Rebecca Rosetta Peterson – run time 26 minutes
Love Unfeigned – run time 60 minutes
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