Old LDS Film Strips: Freddie Finds Bravery

August 18, 2009    By: Matt W. @ 6:18 am   Category: Mormon Culture/Practices

Recently, we’ve been watching old film strips for FHE. The kids love turning the film in the projector, and the ward library has oodles of these. I really recommend it. This one is probably the most ridiculous we’ve come across, so enjoy.

ps- I don’t really know any of the history around these film strips, so if anyone has a resource, I’d love to know.


  1. Does anyone know anything about the Indian Seminary Department? I’ve never heard of that.

    This was great. :) Especially the music.

    Comment by Joseph Smidt — August 18, 2009 @ 7:06 am

  2. What a cool find! I’d like to know the year on this. I like the idea of pulling some of these film strips out – although I’d be surprised if our meetinghouse library still has any . . .

    (The narrator’s reading was SOOO. SLOOOOOW. What’s up with that?)

    Comment by Hunter — August 18, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  3. Given that this was produced by the “Indian Seminary” and features the defeat of a cougar, it seems that the historical context is something about UoU vs. BYU.

    Comment by TT — August 18, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  4. Anyone know where a cougar is that I can drop my kid off by so that he can learn this lesson too?

    Comment by TT — August 18, 2009 @ 9:15 am

  5. So TT — you’re saying this is a video designed to embolden cowardly Ute fans right?

    Comment by Geoff J — August 18, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  6. High-powered rifle: don’t leave home without it.

    I love how this anticipates Dora the Explorer with its asking questions to which the answer is obvious to anyone who’s older than about 36 months.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — August 18, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  7. Oh my mother and father looking horrifyingly like each other.

    The narrator is pathetic… sllloooow

    Comment by JonW — August 18, 2009 @ 11:49 am

  8. Didn’t the Indian Seminary also produce the Tom Trails filmstrips for seminary? Those were pretty cheezy too.

    Comment by James — August 18, 2009 @ 11:58 am

  9. Ah yes, Tom Trails!

    Comment by NoCoolName_Tom — August 18, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  10. I think the Narrator may have been slowed down a little by the recording process.

    Seriously, who leaves their kid in a dangerous situation to go get bullets? completely insane!

    Comment by Matt W. — August 19, 2009 @ 7:37 am

  11. http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/MTGM&CISOPTR=37439&REC=2 (17-25).

    http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/MTAF&CISOPTR=24545&REC=1 (37-42).

    Indian Seminary Program Enjoying Great Success

    Comment by Justin — August 19, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

  12. Justin lives!!

    Comment by Geoff J — August 19, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

  13. Is “I’ll Build You a Rainbow” out there on the internet somewhere? This filmstrip was about a family going to the temple and then the mother dies (of cancer?) and it teaches how the family can be eternal. Something about the way this filmstrip was done really reverberated with Dominicans (and according to my wife Chileans). I’ve wondered if it has to do with the way Latinos revere mothers – anyway that is a theory. There were members on my mission who were horrified when we told them we hadn’t showed their neighbors this filmstrip yet. My wife told me that her Chilean companion reconstructed the filmstrip from blank camera film and markers when the elders lost the film.

    Comment by WillF — September 6, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  14. Ok, I shoulda Googled first: http://www.allaboutmormons.com/ENG_Video86.php

    Comment by WillF — September 6, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

  15. Thank you very much for this. My dad had a whole bunch of these filmstrips (we had a bunch of cartoony Book of Mormon ones too, and some old 60s era photograph shows). They are gone now (and so is he) but this brings back memories. I was pretty upset when my mom told me she got rid of it all while I was on my mission.

    Comment by BHodges — September 24, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  16. I remember this filmstrip. I grew up near the Mohawk Indian reservation in upstate New York. When I was ordained a Teacher in the Church, these were some of the filmstrips I showed to the younger kids in Sunday-school. That sure brought back good memories. I sure wish you could find the others too.

    Thanks for bringing back some good old memories. I don’t think it was cheesy at all. I only wish our culture today could enjoy a simple filmstrip with a value or two. However, we seem to be drowning in online video games, goofy obnoxious TV mostly void of wholesomeness and goodness, cell phone texting, etc…

    Comment by AChambers — October 13, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

  17. Great film but has anyone heard of You are my happiness it is a story of an Indian who sees his loved ones in heaven. I can’t find it anywhere.

    Comment by Jenn — January 27, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  18. How can I get the whole set please? I am First Nations and I love those filmstrips.

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — June 9, 2012 @ 10:33 am