Personal Touch interview Rebecca Cressman chats with Michael and Melanie. Michael Flynn has just produced Midway to Heaven, a romantic comedy starring Melanie Nelson- who plays a wife that is lingering halfway between heaven and earth while her widower husband learns more about love and second chances. Michael Flynn started working in film in the early 1980’s. His first film is one of his most popular, Footloose. It was closely followed by a film that to this day is a family favorite, Savannah Smiles. Since then he has appeared in over 100 film and television shows and countless TV commercials and documentaries. Michael ventured into producing in 2004 with the ever popular The Best Two Years. Since then he has produced The Dance, Heber Holiday, Friends for Life and most recently Midway to Heaven, which he also directed. Melanie Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Utah University and performed as a member of the Utah Shakespearean Festival acting company. She went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Melanie is a founder and managing director of Pinnacle Acting Company, where she has performed in several roles, including Catherine in Proof. Film and television credits include Everwood: White on Rice; Hatching Pete; and The Return.
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There’s a whole genre in literature and movies dedicated exclusively to love and romance. Some of us enjoy reading these kinds of books or going to see the movies; some of us prefer other kind of books or movies. What are the opinions of our leaders about romantic love?
From Elder Bruce C. Hafen:
"The idea of romantic love, so commonplace that it is touched upon in virtually every popular book or movie or magazine, is also at the very center of the gospel of Jesus Christ.Sister Susan Tanner has said:
As Elder Packer put it, 'Romantic love … is not only a part of life, but literally a dominating influence of it. It is deeply and significantly religious. There is no abundant life without it. Indeed, the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom is unobtainable in the absence of it.' (Eternal Love, p. 4.)"
"Friendship, then, should form the foundation of romantic love—the love that leads to courtship and marriage. Likewise, both friendship and romantic love can become what God intends them to be only when they are founded on charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moro. 7:47). As we learn in Moroni and 1 Corinthians, charity is patient, long-suffering, kind, free from envy, and unselfish. Charity leads couples to rejoice in truth, to believe, to hope, and to endure. Couples whose love is based on charity want the best for each other. Their love is infused with the pure love of Christ."
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