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Published: Monday, Feb. 7 2011 2:00 p.m. MST

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Logan, UT


There is a Book of Mormon reader that has pictures in it and is broken into 'bite-sized' chunks. Maybe start there.

Draper, utah

I'm not Mormon, but I have read the Book of Mormon several times. I cannot understand how any educated adult could think the book is historical. As for using subjective Moroni 7 promise to determine the historical or objective truth of the Book of Mormon, how can you all not see what a nonsensical proposition it is to even suggest that process is reliable or valid?

I know hundreds of non-Mormons who have had the same "testimony-confirming" experiences about their religions and scriptures, and yet their religious doctrines conflict with those of the Mormons. Would any adult be so irrational or gullible as to use such a silly method as that recommended by Mormon missionaries in any other important area of their lives in which they needed to know the objective truth of something? Of course not. What if a judge freed defendants based on a burning in her bosom? Or worse, found a defendant guilty based of a stupor of thought. If you were raised Mormon, I get why you would be confused, but for the rest of us, all this is all worthy of sacred satire.

The Rabbit (in Spanish)
Salt Lake City, UT

Ever notice how when you buy a new car everyone seems to ALSO have that car? It is natural to begin to notice things you become aware of.

The Lord works in mysterious ways and can turn even being spit on and hanged on a tree a religious experience for billions of people.

Don't fret over people who make fun of Mormons. For every person laughing in derision, there is also someone who has their heart softened by the ignorance of the statement.

Stay the Course
Provo, Utah

Jiggle do you see the irony in your post? You are actually describing yourself

Maricopa, AZ

Thanks again Counter Intelligence for a respectful observation showing simple respect and good taste.
Once again, I find your comments on target and well
You are a classy person.
Sadly, Vanka finds everything LDS boring, yet she took the time to delineate everything in such detail.
I'm sure she'll find the afore mentioned production of the Book of Mormon quite invigorating no doubt.

Heber City, UT

Dear Vanka, I find it one of the most interesting Books to read full of great meaning.

Read Moroni 10:3-5 and read it with that in mind. IF you try to read it any other way you will find it meaningless. That is the way it is with the Book of Mormon. IT is intended for the spiritualy seeking. Anyone else not seeking that deep spiritual value will find it rather mundane.

I find the Bible can also be boring if I do not read it with spiritual eyes.

Alexandria, VA

Just serves as a reminder that each of us may be the only Mormon anyone ever meets and therefore we should always set the best example possibile. Someday - in the future - an aspiring Broadway writer or producer, who has seen the example that was set, may choose to write or produce a show that is based on the positive example that hopefully, we set.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Just relax, for every one person that watches the play, 100 people will hear about "The Book of Mormon", and the church will gain just a little more mainstream acceptance.

Provo, UT

It's interesting that The Church comments on a comedy satire of the Book of Mormon, but so far as I can remember, it has never had anything to say officially about the implications of the homosexual LDS characters in the drama "Angels in America." Drama is one thing, I suppose; but funny is intolerable.

If it is a hit, and even if it is not, The Church really should take action against the producers. The Intellectual Reserve has a clear claim to the property. Are the producers paying the Church royalties?

Salt Lake City, ut

I remember there stupid movie they made about a LDS missionary. These same guys made a movie called baseketball which was one of the stupidest movies ever made. I honestly dont know how South Park is still on due its ratings? People like them focus on the huge topic at the present time in the news and among people and try to rip it apart. Thats why Big Love is so popular because of all the news and publicity with the FLDS church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is big news worldwide. People want to know more about us we are strange to them. This is a great thing because its our duty as members to inform them what we beleive in.
My mother told me any bad publicity the Church gets is good news for our missionaries. She is a very smart woman. I served a mission back in Boston not to long ago and saw many miracles start from the strangest things. People were curious about poligamy and ended up letting us come back to teach them. One of our missionaries joined the church because he saw the south park episode.

Salt Lake City, UT


The Book of Mormon is in the public domain. Besides, satire nearly always falls under free use.

These guys aren't afraid of lawsuits, they know controversy breeds publicity. They've even challenged Tom Cruise and Scientology, both of which are very litigious.

The LDS church, or at least its lawyers and PR, knows this, which is why they are being very terse on the matter.

Layton, UT

In most cases, the best response is no response.Let the "work" of the creators of the show speak for itself. The truth,never needs a defense.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

People the world around will try to attack good things, yet they'll reap their reward.

Salt Lake City, UT

In an age of sacrilege, this is just another example of filth taking the form of humor. Calling it a "satire" is really humorous!

Just Truth
Saratoga Springs, UT

How silly that creators of a fad think their ugly and fleeting influence compares at all to the good lasting influence of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon.

These guys actions are a satire on themselves. No one will care to remember South Park (or characters associated with it) in 200 years, but the LDS church and its witness of Jesus Christ has more than satisfied the 200 year test. Jesus isn't going away just because someone makes fun of Him or those who believe in Him.

Clearfield, UT

@Stay the Course

A fair amount of confusion has surrounded the issue regarding the relationship between verbal irony and sarcasm. Sarcasm does not necessarily involve irony and irony has often no touch of sarcasm. Sarcasm means precisely what it says. However, your comment does point out how Mormons are so easily offended!

I would say you as well as others have never lived anywhere else but Utah. The curiosity about the Church stops at the front door!

U of U Fan
Salt Lake City, UT


"I cannot understand how any educated adult could think the book is historical"

If the book is not historical, I, for one would like to know where it came from. Critics cannot seem to agree. Some say Joseph wrote it. Some critics say he did not. Some say he copied other sources. Some say he did not. The irony is, if the BOM is not what Mormons claim it to be, the historical sources of where the book came from, are missing. Critics claim the book is not historical. Alternative explanations for it are not historical neither.

Boise, ID

"Recognize that there must needs be opposition, that you cannot be totally faithful and popular with everybody. You can't be anything and be fully accepted by everybody! If you seriously expect to be the only generation ever born upon the earth in any dispensation to have the gospel without any challenge, without any opposition or resistance, without persecution from the world, you expect that which will never be.

"Do you expect to hold membership in the Church and the blessings thereof without paying a price for it? I ask you, is a scoffing, cynical remark, or a scornful glance, much of a price to pay for the whole gospel plan?"

Boyd K. Packer, to a BYU audience (in 1966!)

Syracuse, UT

I really like it when the Church runs into these type of things. I find that those who are really looking for truth start to ask questions and the Church ends up growing and getting stronger. It happened on my mission and it happened in every area that I have lived.

Thanks South Park people for helping us find those who are smart and thoughtful people who love truth!

Sylmar, CA

re - Counter Intelligence | 5:59 a.m
"Traditionally songs are performed from Broadway musicals on the Today show, during the Macys parade and on the Tony Awards. Reviews indicate there are no songs in this show that can be performed on network television."

like I said - it will show on HBO after Big Love. here's a hint - just because something can't be shown on network TV doesn't mean there is anything wrong with it. It's just means it's not for kids. If everything shown on TV was suitable for kids, television would be boring.

"Hope you can laugh at yourself too; or is it only funny when you make fun of others?"

I laugh at myself all the time. but I'm probably not funny to anyone else - my undergarments are just regular boxers, not special "protective" undergarments and I don't think I will rule a planet next to God.

listen, your religion begs for satire. to be mormon, you must accept that. you can believe as you wish - i believe in a free country and the 1st amendment. but that doesn't stop others from satirically portraying your religion. lighten up, dude.

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