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* AdaptationDecay: Many of the most spiritual parts of Groberg's memoirs were AdaptedOut in order to appeal to a broader audience. The most {{JustForFun/Egregious}} example is the scene with the injured child. The book describes how Elder Groberg and his companion healed the boy through faith and the authority granted to them, by [[HealingHands the laying on of hands.]] The movie shows Elder Groberg performing something that's maybe supposed to be [[CleanPrettyReliable CPR]] to revive him.

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* AdaptationDecay: Many of the most spiritual parts of Groberg's memoirs were AdaptedOut in order to appeal to a broader audience. The most {{JustForFun/Egregious}} example is the scene with the injured child. The book describes how Elder Groberg and his companion healed the boy through faith and the authority granted to them, by [[HealingHands the laying on of hands.]] The movie shows Elder Groberg performing something that's maybe supposed to be [[CleanPrettyReliable CPR]] to revive him.

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* DressHitsFloor: When [[spoiler: Mele propositions John.]]

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* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: In his first speech to the Tongan congregation, John Groberg accidentally tells them he has always wanted to serve as one of the Lord's...[[spoiler:outhouses]].

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* HealItWithFire: When the soles of John's feet are eaten by rats, he has to have his feet cauterized by the sun's rays.


Much of the story is framed through the letters to his sweetheart back home, Jean (AnneHathaway).

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Much of the story is framed through the letters to his sweetheart back home, Jean (AnneHathaway).
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''The Other Side of Heaven'' is a 2002 movie based on the book by Mormon Leader John H. Groberg about his experience as a missionary in the Polynesian nation of Tonga in the 1950's.

As a boy who grew up in the potato fields of Idaho, John (Christopher Gorham) never expected to travel to such a foreign locale and teach them about his faith. Just getting through customs was an adventure in itself, and then he hits the CultureClash and struggling to learn their language. He learns to sleep on the floor, he has a Tongan missionary partner Feki guide him through the quirks of the people, he deals with typhoons and even being shipwrecked at one point. But through all of that, Tonga became his home and the people there became his family.

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''The Other Side of Heaven'' is a 2002 movie based on the book by Mormon Leader leader John H. Groberg about his experience as a missionary in the Polynesian nation of Tonga in the 1950's.

1950s.

As a boy who grew up in the potato fields of Idaho, John (Christopher Gorham) never expected to travel to such a foreign locale and teach them about his faith. Just getting through customs was an adventure in itself, and then he hits the CultureClash and struggling to learn their language. He learns to sleep on the floor, floor; he has a Tongan missionary partner Feki partner, Feki, guide him through the quirks of the people, people; he deals with typhoons and even being shipwrecked at one point. But through all of that, Tonga became his home and the people there became his family.



* CallBack: Feki brings up the Mormon history story of early church leaders Brigham Young and Heber Kimball shouting "Hurrah for Israel" to their families when they headed off on a mission to England. When Feki was released from his mission he shouted the same thing to John when departing by boat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: When dealing with a famine after a typhoon, the locale priest who fought against John's presense on the island from the beginning gave him an orange and they made their peace with each other in Christian charity.
* TrainingFromHell: John was tired of messing up the language and spent several days on a sand dune reading the bible in English and Tongan until he was relatively fluent.
* TranslationConvention: After John learns the language the rest of the movie is in English
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue:

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* CallBack: Feki brings up the Mormon history story of early church leaders Brigham Young and Heber Kimball shouting shouting, "Hurrah for Israel" Israel," to their families when they headed off on a mission to England. When Feki was released from his mission mission, he shouted the same thing to John when departing by boat.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: When dealing with a famine after a typhoon, the locale local priest who fought against John's presense presence on the island from the beginning gave him an orange and they made their peace with each other in Christian charity.
* TrainingFromHell: John was tired of messing up the language and spent several days on a sand dune reading the bible Bible in English and Tongan until he was relatively fluent.
* TranslationConvention: After John learns the language language, the rest of the movie is in English
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue:WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
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