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Reader responses regarding "The Mormons" PBS series

Published: Thursday, May 3 2007 12:10 a.m. MDT

I don't own any trucks, but I am a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and it did not take me long to realize that watching the PBS special " The Mormons" was a waste of my time. Being a truck owner is a whole lot different than being a member of a church. Being a member of a church is not being a member of a social organization. It is being a member of an organization who's head is God himself. Who's declared purposes are God's purposes. The organization is the scaffolding, the outward collective structure of an inner individual commitment to do God's will and to serve him. The only way anyone can know the truth of the organization is through prayer to that being who's organization it is and to receive confirmation from him. This can only be done through a spiritual experience. No amount of research and studying of history can substitute for revelation from God. — Leah Wallen, Orem, UT

Case in point: "Joseph was really good at it". If he was so good at divining for gold then where is the gold he was so good at finding? They failed to give even one fleeting reference to support his success or failure at his gold hunting skills let alone give his own side of the story about his gold digging experience.

This one sided bias sums it up perfectly. — Vince Warner

"The Mormons" is a nice red herring name for more anti-Mormon propaganda. Did I miss it, or did Ms. Whitney fail to mention Missouri Gov. Boggs' "Extermination Order?" I guess Ms. Whitney is cool with Gov. Boggs' attempted Mormon genocide. The only things she failed to mention was our horns and temple orgies.

Propaganda Broadcasting System (PBS) is a clear illustration of what happens when government funds a broadcasting enterprise. — no name

I was not impressed with the documentary. Although there were some good lines and quotes, I was very weary of the excommunicated woman who got many things dead wrong. The piece missed the mark and didn't focus on our over-arching belief in Christ. It spent too much time on the Mountain Meadow Massacre and having an extensive interview with a modern-day practicing polygamist was ridiculous. What did that have to do with polygamy in the past and the church today? There were parts that made us laugh out loud such as explaining the massacre was influenced by the color of the red rock of southern Utah. — no name

I am writing to express my utter disappointment with the recent documentary entitled, "The Mormons." I am convinced that the maker of the film had her own agenda and chose interviews that supported her own beliefs about what Mormons are. She did nothing to dispel the myths which surround Mormons, and instead gave voice, interview and supposed 'expertise' to these myths. Persecution of the Mormons is still alive and well in 2007! — Debbie, Gardiner, Maine

I found the airing to be mostly negative. The Mountain was too one sided and the story too long for the segment.

The story left out the "Mormon Money" which the saints used. Also the Relief Soc. and Grand Teton stories. The welfare of the church was poorly covered.

Overall I found it boring. It could have been so much better.

Thanks, — no name

Both my wife and I watched both parts and really did not think that it was a favorable picture of what Mormon life and Mormonism are really about. We thought that the documentary failed to give equal time to both sides of the story, but focused more on those who left the church or those who were not even members (for example too much time on the "fundamentalist" piece). And lastly, the documentary did not do a very good job overall of why the church has such doctrines and they missed tying all of it together. — From Pennsylvania

It was odd to witness one's beloved faith, prophets and beliefs defined by people who don't understand them. It was like a psychologist interpreting and explaining science. I am disappointed. People looking from the outside of a house can't understand the happiness that can be felt inside a home. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a high privilege and joy, the joy that comes from God and from the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement, the happiness is real and complete. — Gloria R. Rivera, Seguin Texas

Well done, although not all accurate. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the LDS Church and am not influenced by those involved in "intelligentsia", who set out to destroy the greatest power for good that exists on this earth. — no name

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