There are two kinds of people in this world, those who choose to act and those who are acted upon. In 1856 John Rowe Moyle and his family chose to act by leaving their beloved England, crossing the plains with the Ellsworth handcart company to eventually settle in Alpine, Utah. Soon after their arrival John Moyle was called by Brigham Young to work as a stone mason on the Salt Lake Temple. For 20 years he walked the 22 miles to Salt Lake City to chisel his deepest convictions into granite. Even after an accident causes him to lose his leg, John continued his sojourn to the temple site each week until his death. Today his handiwork can be seen on the east side of the Temple and verbalizes the motto of John's life, “Holiness to the Lord.”
- Format: Widescreen
- Closed Caption: for the hearing impaired
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: All Regions
- Special Features: "The Making Of"
- Run Time: 16 minutes
About the Authors
EXCEL ENTERTAINMENT is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and though largely known for its Mormon-themed films (God’s Army, The Work & the Glory series, 17 Miracles, Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Excel has also had success releasing films with non-Mormon themes and stories (Forever Strong, Saints & Soldiers, etc.).
Although the technology and means by which audiences consume films is changing rapidly, the demand for highly creative storytelling that motivates us to live up to the light that each of us has been given is as high as ever. We feel a deep obligation to not only bring stories of hope to the world, but to promote films with high standards of craftsmanship reflective of a belief in a divine and benevolent creator.
Producer / Writer / Director / Director of Photography
T.C. Christensen is one of the brilliant minds behind the camera when it comes to these family favorites: 17 Miracles (Excel Entertainment); Emma Smith: My Story (Morning Dew); Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (LDS Church); Testaments (LDS Church); The Work & the Glory (Manchester Pictures); Forever Strong (Go Films); Sea Monsters (National Geographic); Roving Mars (Disney); The Buttercreme Gang (Family Films); Rigoletto (Family Films); The Mouths of Babes (LDS Church); Finding Faith in Christ (LDS Church); Treasure in Heaven: The John Tanner Story (LDS Church); Only a Stonecutter (LDS Church).
T.C. has won over 270 national and international awards for his work in directing and photography. In 2010, he was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers
The Story and the Movie - Inspirational!
by Wyatt - reviewed on December 29, 2008
There have been few movies that have touched me so profoundly as this one has. I was inspired by this magnificent story of a humble servant of the Lord and his dedication to what he was called to do. I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone (although there are a few scenes that may be a little too much for young children - death on the handcart trail and the loss of his leg). This would make a great fireside for youth and adults alike. The cinematography is beautiful!
One star, are you kidding?!
by Roger - reviewed on January 30, 2009
I don't measure the value of movies or books by the page count or price paid. I have enjoyed great books and films since I was a kid. Children's picture books are a favorite of mine to collect and enjoy with my family. Most of them are less than 20 pages and probably cost $15-20. I have never questioned the value of investing in the best books for me and my family to enjoy. Yes, the film is short, 15 minutes I think. However also included on the DVD is the Story behind the Story segment which is another 15 minutes long. I used this movie in an Elder's Quorum lesson on Service. When it finished, there was not one Elder in the room that hadn't shed a tear, no kidding! Don't judge the movie on the minutes it takes to watch, but on the impact it has on your thinking and attitude towards life and living. This one is a keeper and one I will watch again and again. Definitely a five star film for the change it makes on the heart...
by Toni - reviewed on October 26, 2009
It was kind of a shock that this movie was only 16 minutes long. However, once I saw the movie I will be forever changed. What a powerful message! Am I one to ACT or to be ACTED UPON? Fantastic message illustrated by Christ and by the life of this man in the movie and his determination to not let life make anything of him but what he allowed it to. No victim attitude in his life. Excellent! Enjoyed every minute of it.
by Customer - reviewed on December 12, 2008
I have heard this story before and was touched by the service and dedication of this man. It truly inspires you to do great things. Nice looking cover too.
Way TOO Expensive
by Customer - reviewed on January 29, 2009
This movie is well done, but the price is ridiculously high (on sale its $0.75 per minute). No movie is worth 75 cents per minute, this should be selling at $3.99 max.
Truly Inspiring Story!!
by Brenda - reviewed on January 26, 2009
The story of John Rowe Morley truly inspired me. This man moved with his family from England to Utah. He walked to Salt Lake to be a stonecutter working on the SL Temple. Then after an accident that left him without a leg, he made his own prosthetic leg with wood. He then learned to walk again and then continued on with the service of walking to Salt Lake to continue his service of working on the temple. This was no easy feat for this man, but he took his calling seriously. It took him a long time to walk to Salt Lake with his prosthesis, and I'm sure many blisters and wounds on his leg and feet, but he took his calling seriously and would not let his disability hinder him. If we each took our callings as seriously as this man, can you imagine the great work that could be done on this earth? What a great example of unselfish service to the Lord! This man truly self sacrificed to work on the temple. I'm sure he was truly blessed for it also. He definetly had his priorities intact. Wonderful movie for all..it can teach children about service and about being unselfish.
by Sally - reviewed on December 10, 2008
Every so often, there is a film which leaves an indelible impression on your mind and heart. A film and a story that touch and inspire. A tale that leaves you with a feeling of hope, determination to do better, and a sense of peace. T.C. Christensen's film 'Only A Stonecutter' is one of these. It is the story of a simple man, who dedicated his life to service of his God. There was in his life no greater call than to work on the Holy Temple of the Lord. No adversity stood in his way as every day he walked twelve miles to work on the Temple. As you watch the film, you will be amazed at the courage and faith of John Rowe Moyle as he dedicates his life to his calling. I shed tears as I learned about this great man. For he was a man who quietly went about his duty, doing that which he knew to be true. It inspired me to do better, have more faith, give more service, and to be cheerful in doing it. The cinematography is breathtaking. The story ... compelling. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys gathering their family together to witness a story, that's message will linger long after the closing credits have disappeared. Only A Stonecutter will be a wonderful addition to our family library.
by Customer - reviewed on December 30, 2008
I received my DVD today and watched it twice, both times with tears streaming down my face. What faith and perserverance this simple stonecutter had to forge ahead, even in adversity, in fulfilling his errand and calling. I know I'll be able to use this in many settings to teach. Very well done, very moving. Best of all, it's a true story.
by Customer - reviewed on October 20, 2009
This is a great story, however, I'm not sure it is worth the price. This movie was less than 30 minutes long.
by tasha - reviewed on April 06, 2009
I recently had the oppertunity to go to St. George and watched the this moving with my husband and 4 year old son in the visitors centre. My thoughts immediately took me back to all the callings I have held and wondered if I have been such a dedicated servant as this man was. My goal is to be as firmly cemented in service to my family, my church, my God as was depicted in this movie. How can this movie be anything less than 5 stars.
by Customer - reviewed on November 17, 2010
This is such a great film of faith and love that John Rowe Moyle has. He is so motivated to finish his calling as a stonecutter working on the Temple. No matter the trials of him losing his leg he traveled all those many miles by foot to get to the Temple to finish his job. If only we could all have the same motivation that he had. This is a great film for Family Home Evening.