John H. Groberg

Last updated

John H. Groberg
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 3, 1976 (1976-04-03)  October 1, 2005 (2005-10-01)
Called by Spencer W. Kimball
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
Presidency of the Seventy
April 3, 2004 (2004-04-03)  August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reasonHonorably released
Emeritus General Authority
October 1, 2005 (2005-10-01)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Personal details
BornJohn Holbrook Groberg
(1934-06-17) June 17, 1934 (age 85)
Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

John Holbrook Groberg (born June 17, 1934) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1976. He is the author of The Eye of the Storm, and was the protagonist in the movie made from the book titled The Other Side of Heaven .

Contents

Groberg was born to Delbert V. and Jennie Groberg in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1934. He grew up in Idaho Falls during and after the Great Depression. Groberg received a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and an MBA from Indiana University. He was involved in real estate in the Idaho Falls area.

Mission to Tonga

Groberg served as a missionary of the LDS Church in Tonga. He experienced much difficulty in getting to Tonga: he was prevented from arriving by strikes, visa problems, and transport issues. Groberg served briefly in Los Angeles, Samoa, and Fiji while waiting for his transport to be finalized. When he finally arrived in Tonga, his first assignment was on the remote island of Niuatoputapu, which had had only limited contact with the outside world in the form of an occasional telegraph and a visiting boat. During the year he spent on the island, Groberg suffered from mosquitoes, a typhoon, and starvation. His missionary companion on Niuatoputapu was Feki Po'uha, who would later serve as district president in Niue, while Groberg was president of the church's Tongan Mission (which at that point included Niue). [1]

After a year on Niuatoputapu, Groberg was assigned to more developed islands and served as a district president supervising smaller branch congregations of the church. Groberg later reported that the branches he dealt with lacked unity and morality. He had little contact with his supervising mission president and nearly drowned when pushed out of a boat during a major storm; he also suffered from exhaustion frequently. Groberg was denied an extension to his mission that would have allowed him to accompany a group of church converts to the New Zealand Temple.

Groberg wrote a book about his mission from his memoirs called In the Eye of the Storm, which was adapted into the 2001 Disney film The Other Side of Heaven. [2] The New York Times explains of Groberg's character, "The narrator and hero of The Other Side of Heaven, is a Mormon missionary dispatched to the Tongan islands in the Pacific Ocean immediately after his high school graduation in the 1950's." [3] A sequel to the film, The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith, was made in 2018 with the same actor, Christopher Gorham, in the role of Groberg. [4]

LDS Church service

Groberg served for five years as a bishop in Idaho Falls. Groberg later returned to Tonga as the mission president and later as a regional representative.

In April 1976, Groberg became an LDS Church general authority. In the mid-1990s, he was president of the church's Asia Area, where he was closely connected with the initial sending of church missionaries into Cambodia. He later served as president of the church's Utah South Area, where he was responsible for initiating programs for missionary work among the Latino population there, and attempts to ensure that English-speaking wards home taught the Latino members within their boundaries, even if they attended separate Spanish-speaking congregations. Groberg also served as president of the North America West Area from 1990 to 1994. [5] In May 1992, Groberg presided over the organization of the San Francisco California East Stake, the church's first Tongan-speaking stake in the United States. In 2000, Groberg was called into the Sunday School presidency. [6]

In 2005, Groberg was designated as an emeritus general authority. [7] From 2005 to 2008, he was president of the church's Idaho Falls Idaho Temple. [8] Groberg's parents also served as president and matron of the temple from 1975-1980. [9]

Personal life

Groberg married Jean Sabin and they have had 11 children. Groberg is an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Publications

Related Research Articles

Thomas S. Monson President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Thomas Spencer Monson was an American religious leader, author, and the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As president, he was considered by adherents of the religion to be a prophet, seer, and revelator. Monson's early career was as a manager at the Deseret News, a Utah newspaper owned by the LDS Church. He spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and public service.

Gordon B. Hinckley President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Gordon Bitner Hinckley was an American religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 12, 1995, until his death. Considered a prophet, seer, and revelator by church members, Hinckley was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history.

Boyd K. Packer Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Boyd Kenneth Packer was an American religious leader and former educator, who served as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2008 until his death. He also served as the quorum's acting president from 1994 to 2008, and was an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve from 1970 until his death. He served as a general authority of the church from 1961 until his death.

David O. McKay President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

David Oman McKay was an American religious leader and educator who served as the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 until his death in 1970. Ordained an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1906, McKay was a general authority for nearly 64 years, longer than anyone else in LDS Church history, except Eldred G. Smith.

Neal A. Maxwell Latter-Day Saints leader

Neal Ash Maxwell was an American scholar, educator, and religious leader who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1981 until his death.

Henry B. Eyring American Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Henry Bennion Eyring is an American educational administrator, author, and religious leader. After being set apart on January 14, 2018, Eyring is currently the Second Counselor to Russell M. Nelson in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previously, Eyring was the First Counselor to Thomas S. Monson in the First Presidency from 2008 until Monson's death on January 2, 2018. Eyring was the Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency from October 6, 2007, until Hinckley's death on January 27, 2008.

<i>The Other Side of Heaven</i> 2001 adventure drama film by Mitch Davis

The Other Side of Heaven is a 2001 American adventure drama film written and directed by Mitch Davis, based on John H. Groberg's autobiography In the Eye of the Storm. The film stars Christopher Gorham as John Groberg and Anne Hathaway as Jean Groberg.

James E. Faust Apostle of the LDS Church

James Esdras Faust was an American religious leader, lawyer, and politician. Faust was Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1995 until his death, an LDS Church apostle for 29 years, and a general authority of the church for 35 years.

Mark E. Petersen American Mormon leader

Mark Edward Petersen was an American news editor and religious leader who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1944 until his death. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he filled the vacancy in the Quorum caused by the excommunication of Richard R. Lyman. Petersen had become managing editor of the church-owned Deseret News in 1935 and editor in 1941.

Idaho Falls Idaho Temple LDS temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho, US

The Idaho Falls Idaho Temple is the tenth constructed and eighth operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho, it was the LDS Church's first temple built in Idaho, and the first built with a modern single-spire design.

Chieko N. Okazaki American Mormon missionary and writer and Relief Society Leader

Chieko Nishimura Okazaki was an American writer, educator, and religious leader. She served as first counselor to Elaine L. Jack in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1990 to 1997. She was the first minority to serve in the presidency of an LDS Church auxiliary organization.

Ardeth Greene Kapp was the ninth Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1984 to 1992.

John Kay Carmack has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1984. He is currently an emeritus general authority and was the managing director of the church's Perpetual Education Fund from 2001 to 2012.

G. Homer Durham American Mormon leader and academic administrator

George Homer Durham was an American academic administrator and was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1977 until his death.

Virginia Hinckley Pearce is an author and was a member of the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1992 to 1997. Pearce is the daughter of the church's fifteenth president, Gordon B. Hinckley.

Stephen Douglas Nadauld is an American academic, the former president of Dixie State University and Weber State University (WSU). Nadauld was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1991 to 1996.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga church in Tonga

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a presence in Tonga since 1891. The Tongan Mission was organized in 1916. However, due to anti-Mormon rumors and government policies, the LDS Church did not grow steadily in Tonga until 1924. Between 1946 and 1956, church leaders published Tongan translations of the scriptures and built a church-sponsored school known as the Liahona School. In 1968, Tonga's first LDS stake was organized and the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple was dedicated in 1983.

Spencer Joel Condie has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1989. Condie previously worked as a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) and also served as a mission president for the LDS Church in Eastern Europe. In 2010, he was designated as an emeritus general authority.

Brigham Roland Smoot was a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an executive of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company. He was one of the two first missionaries to preach in Tonga and served as president of the Tongan mission from July 1891 to October 1892. Smoot was the son of Abraham O. Smoot and the brother of Reed Smoot.

<i>The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith</i> 2019 film by Mitch Davis

The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith is a 2019 adventure biography drama film directed by Mitch Davis. It is the sequel to the 2001 film The Other Side of Heaven. Heaven 2 continues the story of John H. Groberg, who returns to the islands of Tonga, where he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ten years prior. This time he is a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He brings his family along: his wife, Jean Groberg, and their five daughters.

References

  1. Groberg. The Fire of Faith. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1996) p. 86.
  2. Horwitz, Jane. "The Family Filmgoer", The Washington Post , 12 April 2002. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  3. "FILM IN REVIEW; 'The Other Side of Heaven'", The New York Times , 12 April 2002. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  4. Bond, Paul. "'The Other Side of Heaven' Gets a Sequel After 17 Years", The Hollywood Reporter , 22 October 2018. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  5. Stassel, Stephanie. "NEW STAKE: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", Los Angeles Times , 12 December 1992. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  6. "Three members of Seventy given emeritus status", Deseret News , 14 October 2000. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  7. Heaps, Julie Dockstader. "Full circle: Emeritus General Authority now serving in hometown", Church News , 13 March 2008. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  8. Satterfield, Rick. "Presidents of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple", ChurchofJesusChristTemples.org, 2020. Retrieved on 23 March 2020.
  9. Toone, Trent. "'Temple by the river': Idaho Falls Temple turns 70 years old", Deseret News , 24 September 2015. Retrieved on 17 March 2020.

See also