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Published: Sunday, May 1 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

I think the church misses the point. Sure, they've always got a laundry list of good things they do, but that wasn't and isn't the point of the broadway musical. They've got a powerful PR machine (witness this letter) that makes sure they're heard. And, in a larger world, all these 'good' activities aside, they say and do things that are peculiar, weird or ruffle feathers. So they shouldn't be surprised if popular culture takes advantage of it from time to time.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

I would say Mormon missionaries are as sophisticated as any 19 year olds anywhere. They may have less experience with grinding poverty than some. I suspect few Mormons will bother to see this production and in fact very few people period.

Rae M.
Taylorsville, UT

Excellent article by Michael Otterson. It is much more comprehensive than Brooks'
To Hutterite: what point does the Church miss? Fitting in or being like the rest of the world? I agree with that. Its purpose is to bring all men to Christ. Coming unto Christ requires resisting desires that prevent us from from coming unto him.
Yes, the Church has ability to be heard. It helps us in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ! ,as all must here it and be able to choose to follow its message.
As such, yes, we describe ourselves as peculiar. And anyone studying church history knows of the persecution we have endured. We are used to being peculiar.

If There is Anything Virtuous
Salt Lake City, UT

Fantastic article, Brother Otterson! I whole-heartedly agree that for most of us, this whole episode has been and will continue to be met with shrugs. We have much more important things to do than wring our hands over such nonsense! Broadway (and Hollywood, for that matter) will continue to demean and devalue the work we do (probably for years to come) because it has always been in the nature of those who do not understand or value goodness to discredit it if they can. This is one way they try to justify their own choices. But, they have failed (again) and will continue to fail because we do the work of the Lord and nothing can stand in the way of His work.

Tooele, UT

So, there's a Broadway musical mocking the Church?

-- Shrug --

Columbia, SC

I believe that this is the definitive response to the "controversy" that has arisen over this play. It is a controversy that swirls in the media and does not, and needs not influence believing LDS members in any way, since it is factually inaccurate, as has been skillfully illustrated in this statement.

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