Special service Nov. 19 introducing faith of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ movie’s principal character

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-4-09-29-pmSeventh-day Adventist non-combatant Pfc. Desmond Doss saved 75 men in Battle of Okinawa during WWII, was awarded Medal of Honor by President Truman

The Wasatch Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church is hosting a worship service on Saturday, November 19 at 11:15 a.m. especially for visitors who are interested in learning more about the Seventh-day Adventist faith after seeing “Hacksaw Ridge,” a movie directed by Mel Gibson that was released in the U.S. on November 4.

The film highlights the true story of the late Army Private First Class Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist who was awarded by President Truman the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II without ever picking up a firearm. He had refused to bear arms and was ostracized by fellow soldiers for his non-combatant stance, as well as for requesting off Saturdays, the biblical seventh-day Sabbath.

Doss’s commitment to his values may have hidden his courage, however—he went on to show incredible bravery by saving 75 men during the horrific Battle of Okinawa amidst some of the most intense fighting.

“Hacksaw Ridge” was met with a 10-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

“Desmond Doss has long been an inspiration to many Seventh-day Adventists, and our November 19 worship service is specifically designed for people interested in learning about the faith behind his values and courage,” said Adam Case, senior pastor of the Wasatch Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. “All are welcome to attend that Saturday or any Saturday for worship and learning.”

Wasatch Hills is part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, an international family of more than 19 million Protestant Christians emphasizing a focus on Jesus, Sabbath rest, education, health, service, and religious freedom. Biblical teaching classes are held Saturdays at 10 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11:15 a.m. Visitors are invited to stay for lunch. In 2017, Wasatch Hills will celebrate 50 years at its present location at 2139 Foothill Drive.