The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith Parent Guide
A solid family friendly religious movie with uplifting messages about faith, religious tolerance, service, sacrifice, and prayer.
Parent Movie Review
Christopher Gorham reprises his role as John Groberg, a missionary from Idaho whose life and faith are changed (again) by a return mission to Tonga on behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormons). It is now 1965, and this time he is accompanied by his wife, Jean (Natalie Medlock), and their five daughters. He has been called to serve as the Mission President and will be responsible for supervising an expansive mission that covers two hundred missionaries, five languages, and four countries. Along with John’s story, the film also includes an account of Reverend Sione Palentu’a and his family, as they deal with the dangers of island living and what the Reverend perceives as the dangers of new Mormon missionaries in his town. If you haven’t seen the original Other Side of Heaven (2001), this sequel provides a brief recap in the beginning to catch you up. There are few references from its predecessor but The Other Side of Heaven 2 is sufficiently self-contained that a viewing of the prequel isn’t necessary.
As John and Jean Groberg arrive in Tonga, they are warned by the departing mission president and wife that this assignment may not be a good fit for such a young family with very young children that may need better medical care than is available on the island. While the Grobergs continue to move ahead with faith in God’s plan for them, they are quickly faced with intense, life-threatening situations that will have you welling up the whole movie, and question your own willingness to sacrifice and serve a God you believe in.
I must admit that it is difficult for me to be objective in my review of The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith. I grew up Mormon, served as a missionary, and am currently raising my children in the faith. Given my experience, it is difficult for me to project how easily the doctrine, ordinances, and culture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as presented in this film will be understood by non-Mormons viewing the movie. However, one thing my experience does allow me to say is that it is presented fairly accurately.
Personal religious affiliation aside, The Other Side of Heaven 2 is a very family friendly film, with uplifting messages, even if does have occasional overly sentimental dialogue. Issues of faith, religious tolerance, and prayer are directly addressed, and positively portrayed. There is intense drama that may be thematically difficult for young children, but nothing graphic is shown. If you want to be uplifted and inspired by an incredible continuing story of faith, dedication, and service to God, then pack up the kids and go to The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith.Directed by Mitch Davis. Starring Christopher Gorham, Natalie Medlock, Russel Dixon. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release June 28, 2019. Updated July 8, 2019
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Rating & Content Info
Why is The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith rated PG-13? The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some thematic material including violence
Violence: A pig is going to be drowned by being thrown into the ocean in a bag, but a character secretly releases it. A character is buried on the beach up to his neck as punishment for disobedience. A storm comes, and waves violently crash into his face over and over again. Another character is struck by lightning and killed. Dead chickens are plucked in a market, and a live pig is stabbed as the camera cuts away. Passengers on a boat face a deadly storm, and young children are in mortal peril. A young man is forcibly removed from his bed in the night and beaten brutally, while another young man is choked. A minor operation is performed on a baby but there is no explicit medical detail.
Sexual Content: A husband and wife kiss throughout the movie.
Profanity: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.
Page last updated July 8, 2019
The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith Parents' Guide
Which character did you identify the most with? What about them made you feel like you understood them the best?
Is there a point, when it comes to faith, where too much is asked? Does a relationship with God require him to do what you ask him to, or is it okay if it’s one-sided?
A theme throughout is the idea of Happy Endings, and how if you are good and wait long enough, all your endings will be happy. Do you agree with this?
Have you ever encountered members or missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Have you ever wondered what they believe and why they are so keen on sharing their faith? You can learn more about their beliefs here.
Loved this movie? Try these books…
For a more in-depth account of John Groberg’s experiences in Tonga, you can read both volumes of his memoirs, The Other Side of Heaven and The Fire of Faith. For stories of John Groberg’s ministry in the rest of the world from Mongolia to Argentina and points in between, you can dive into Anytime, Anywhere.
For a basic introduction to the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you can refer to M. Russell Ballard’s Our Search for Happiness. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is a foundational scripture for Latter-day Saints. It can be read for free here.
Related home video titles:
You can catch up on John Groberg’s original mission to Tonga in The Other Side of Heaven (2001).
For an even more dramatic and dangerous story about Mormon missionaries, you can watch The Saratov Approach. This film tells the true story of two Latter-day Saint missionaries who were kidnapped and held for ransom in Russia in the late 1990s.
Mormon missionaries faced deadly peril in 1990 when a civil war broke out in Liberia. Six missionaries trapped in the capital city of Monrovia had to flee to Sierra Leone to escape the fighting. Freetown tells the true story of their tense flight to safety.
If you are interested in learning more about the global Latter-day Saint community, you can get to know six adherents of the faith who are portrayed in Meet the Mormons.
Latter-day Saints aren’t the only Christians who evangelize as part of their faith. Last Flight Out tells the story of a pilot who flies to South America to rescue a doctor who has been serving as a medical missionary. Dr. Lucille tells the gripping story of Dr. Lucille Teasdale and her husband, Dr. Piero Corti who serve in a missionary hospital in Uganda.