Sam Nelson and his brothers have been featured in the new, touching Mormon Channel series Two Brothers Two by director Rick Stevenson. Here, Sam shares some thoughts with us about what it was like being a part of this incredible project and sharing these parts of his life with viewers.
The episodes often get really personal for all of you. Why did you agree to do this project?
I’m in sort of a unique position to have so much footage of me growing up, so I did it mostly because I felt like it would be a good thing to do. Stories are apparently quite powerful when told in this format, and there is a potential for quite a few people to learn from those by allowing use of that footage. In the end though, the negative consequences of opening up have been pretty minor and the positive response has been overwhelming.
How have both of your lives and testimonies changed as a result of participating in this project?
Well, I started with the project when I was 10 years old, so I don’t really know what life would be like otherwise. I guess I knew that a lot of people could learn by watching my story, so it added a sense of responsibility for me to overcome things. The most noticeable difference in the last couple years is that I am often recognized by strangers, at least when I’m around LDS people. I don’t know if it’s necessarily a good or bad thing, but it’s different.
What do you hope viewers will gain from watching Two Brothers Two?
I hope people enjoy it and that some of my personal stories resonate with people.
To read our recent interview with the director of the series, Rick Stevenson, click here.
To watch episodes of Two Brothers and Two Brothers Two, click here.