A young missionary named Elder Allen begins his mission in Los Angeles under the much older Elder Dalton. As Dalton struggles with his health Allen struggles with his testimony.
From the cover: "Thrust into a world of harsh realities, Brandon Allen (Matthew Brown), with his unrelenting mentor, Marcus Dalton (Richard Dutcher), confronts the challenges of missionary life in Los Angeles, soon realizing that his most important convert may be himself."
2000 Award in Film, The Association for Mormon Letters;
Nominated by the VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) for a Home Entertainment Award
See Mormon Film: Key Films of the Fifth Wave
This film, which was enormously successful financially, is often credited with inventing "LDS cinema." On a broad scale this is not true, but it did instigate a new wave in LDS cinema, the theatrical feature fiction film made primarily by Church members and with identifiably LDS content. It was also Dutcher's breakthrough film, after his earlier Girl Crazy and a KBYU film Eliza and I.