For some time I’ve been trying to make a movie entitled The Mansion. (see Salt Lake Trib article for one of my many efforts) It’s a Christmas story I was introduced to by my mother. Later I learned it’s a favorite and often quoted story by many Mormon church leaders, most notably President Monson.
The author Henry Van Dyke was a Presbyterian minister in New York City. He was friends with Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, and many others who were considered the elite of this time.
Carnegie had a major influence in Henry Van Dyke writing the story of The Mansion. In the early 1900’s Carnegie with his super wealth built libraries all over the United States where he placed his name prominently on each of them.
John Weightman, the lead character in this story, is a wealthy New York businessman that only gives to charity when he gets credit and recognition for it.
While this was very generous of Mr. Carnegie, Henry Van Dyke reminds the everyday person what truly counts in heaven.
“Only that which is truly given,” answered the bell-like voice. “Only that good which is done for the love of doing it. Only those plans in which the welfare of others is the master thought. Only these labors in which the sacrifice is greater than the reward. Only those gifts in which the giver forgets himself.” These lines are the heart and soul of The Mansion story.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds, I’m starting a “Bigger and Better” trade campaign. I’ll start with an original 1911 first edition copy of The Mansion and keep trading up until the film can be made.
Let me know what you have to trade!
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