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Published: Sunday, June 12 2011 10:56 p.m. MDT

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wazup
Lehi, UT

1 Nephi 8:33

"... but we heeded them not."

TheJournalist
Bluffdale, UT

I believe that to most people in Utah believe the only acceptable musical about the LDS church or the Book of Mormon would be officially produced by the LDS church, or stands as a recruiting tool performed at the Conference Center Theater. The Book of Mormon musical is a comedy satire that takes the "peculiar" traits of our culture. It is a satire, so of course things need to be exaggerated and blown out of proportion.
Having grown up around many "naive" Mormons at BYU I have met many "Elder Price" type kids who believe Mormon lore as actual doctrine, and have no clue about the world and different cultures.
As for how this article trying to prove this musical inaccurate with facts, you should do some additional homework. Female Genital Mutilation (circumcision) is a religious principal that may be "illegal" but is still performed within the Muslim religion. This practice is even performed in the UK and the US.
The Book of Mormon musical is well written, produced, performed and I for one am looking forward to seeing it!

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

The Adversary is skilled at finding perverse people with perverse ideologies that share their perversions by means of their so called art form in places like Broadway and Hollywood with the kind of reckless abandon that infects like an uncontrollable disease without a cure.

Thankfully Divine Providence knows how to use foolish and harmful acts for His purposes. Somehow I expect that this attempt to slander the goodness of "Mormonism" will backfire and will leads millions more of honest, inquisitive minds ultimately toward membership into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, much to the chagrin of those that are now getting a good laugh as a result of their crude, sophmoric mockery.

B
Logan, UT

@wazup

Perfect. Right on.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Let's not forget that this is show biz (I guess there's no business like show business). I don't find anything attractive about these two smug guys making a pile of money off of beliefs which if not sacred to us are sacred to those we care about. This is where liberalism meets business - not pretty.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

Maybe with all the hoopla some people will actually be motivated to seriously read the Book of Mormon for themselves. What a unique experience that would be for them! Most people and popular culture doesn't have a clue what's between those covers. People are left by the media to believe that 'some responsible someone' has read the Book of Mormon and decided it's not worth their time--that it doesn't apply to their life. There are probably more non-sectarian college courses offered on the Talmud and the Koran than there are on the Latter-day Saint cannon of scripture. All I can say is, "Read the Book of Mormon seriously yourself."

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

Ditto Jonathan Eddy: The fact that people are willing to put up with blatant misrepresentations and the foulest of language shows what kind of people attend this production.

Brian
Wasilla, AK

January 16, 2007 BYU Devotional Boyd K Packer: " Much of their attack is indirect, in mocking the faithful and mocking religion."

BlueSaint
South Jordan, UT

No worries! Let them have their day. Somehow the church keeps moving forward.

Considering
Stockton, UT

On the one hand, as a religion gains greater social acceptance, it will also be subject to greater social scrutiny and scorn. To date, media has largely ignored LDS. How many TV shows have even a single, token, LDS character? Including shows set in cities like Las Vegas that have a significant LDS population?

Once media does include a church in its plots, it almost always distorts the religion. I was amazed the first time I attended a catholic wedding how very different it was than all the supposedly Catholic weddings I had seen depicted on TV and in movies over the years.

WAtransplant
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

Somebody help me out here. The fact that there are inaccuracies in this play are pointed out in the show. But what Mormons believe isn't said and I don't know anything about what you guys believe........

Frodo
Orem, UT

"We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." -Pablo Picasso

Despite a few minor inaccuracies, the Book of Mormon Musical is inspiring, uplifting, and yes, true, because it teaches that Faith is genuinely powerful, and that shared Faith can change a community, and improve our world.

ExUtahn
APO, AE

"Read the Book of Mormon seriously yourself."

I did. Many times, beginning with a response to a seminary teacher's challenge, throughout my mission, and for many years afterward. All along, I prayed sincerely, with real intent, having faith in Christ for a witness of the book's truthfulness. Nothing happened, ever. When I finally opened up and shared my failure with family and church leaders, I was told through well-meaning language that it was all my fault (maybe I lacked faith, had some unrepented sin, wasn't listening, wasn't really willing to live up to the standards of the church, etc.). After hearing that for a number of years both in person and over the pulpit, I couldn't take the self-loathing it caused anymore and left the church. The Book of Mormon musical is awesome! I love the soundtrack. It's very therapeutic for me.

Cole Thomas
Salt Lake City, UT

"This is where liberalism meets business - not pretty."

The producers of this play are considered pretty Libertarian, not liberal.

hardware
Erda, Ut

When I saw the soundtrack that had explicit lyric warning, that showed me right there the direction of this trashy play.

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

Agree with new Yorker (after watching the song "I am a Mormon" last night on TV). The Church would have had to pay $,$$$,$$$ to get the exposure and create the interest in the Book of Mormon that has been provided by the "Book of Mormon" show on broadway.

I read all of the Doctrine and Covenants after reading "The Work and the Glory" created more interest in me to check the accuracy of the novels.

raybies
Layton, UT

If you want to see a show about mormons, I suggest the new movie "17 Miracles"... It's a miracle of the common believers and their struggles pressing forward in a faith in the face of impossibly difficult physical circumstances.

Broadway's vulgar attempts to entertain do no justice to a religion that's had plenty of intolerance and mocking since it was conceived. The very name "Mormons" was intended a slander--now it is no big deal, and ultimately such will be the case with any group that attempts to do likewise.

The Book of Mormon is a holy book of scripture that has made my life better. I'm grateful to have read and studied its pages. I love the stories therein. They are filled with messages of hope in the face of overwhelming spiritual odds and constant hardships. It illuminates the human condition and its backsliding nature regarding God. It foretells of great blessings to be had as we put our faith in Christ and is another witness that God loves ALL mankind.

It's a shame that more don't want that, but I do.

Allen#1
West Valley, UT

Satire of the Quran?

I am glad most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Jewish synogogues can laugh when they are the object of satire.

The Catholics and Jews have successfully withstood satire for thousands of years.

TA1
Alexandria, VA

Does it really matter whether or not it is entirely accurate? Not really - this musical will do more for raising interest in the Restored Gospel among the general public than all that we as memebers have not done (and should have done). Perhaps this is the Lord's not so subtle way of reminding us that we still have a long way to go in Preaching the Gospel.

coleman51
Orem, UT

So what are the producers message? It sounds like the show has only a patina of misguided doctrine while loaded with obscene satire. Do they think this represents us in any realistic way? Just a pile of broadway garbage that could have misrepresented anyone's religion.

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