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Published: Tuesday, June 14 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

Janice, you probably shouldn't go see it.


Ok, there's no way I could recommend this musical to any practicing Latter-Day Saint after listening to the music in it. However, I would like to submit the following, and I do not believe I'm in apostasy for saying it.
Non LDS people who see The Book of Mormon Musical will probably leave asking the right questions about the LDS church. Let me explain why.
The musical teaches that LDS Missionaries unsympathetically going about preaching the gospel with no regard for whether people in their area have food, shelter, or clean water. Questions of the LDS church such as these create an amazing missionary opportunity! Obviously most people have no idea how much in the way of humanitarian aid the LDS church renders to the World every year. The LDS church feeds, clothes, shelters, and provides medical care to countless people.
Tray Parker and Matt Stone who created this musical have also made it known that they don't hate Mormons. Obviously they enjoy making fun of Mormons, and they do so with very foul language. Let's all remember the old adage, "There's no such thing as bad Press".

Washington Terrace, Utah

There really isn't anything out there written that says, "You shouldn't say the f-word" in Christian theology. It's really all about taking the Lord's name in vain. Is it written anywhere that Joseph Smith never said the f-word? I have't hard...so I'm not sure on that one.

If you haven't you ever laughed at Achmed the Dead Terrorist (a creation of ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham)...then I think you have a case. If you have...then oh well. There are just some funny things about Mormons that can be made fun of in a light-hearted way...even though it can be offensive to poke fun at one's earnestly-held beliefs. I mean...I grew up Mormon (no longer am one)...and even I can admit it's kind of funny to the outside world to believe that God and Jesus each have their own planets... Even if you believe it, to an outsider, you have to admit that would sound pretty weird!

West Valley City, UT

Guess we know what topic will be beaten to death in the "Voices" section of the DN. Second story in 2 days, all you'll get is a rehashing of comments. I'm already sick of this story. Let's find something new.

Jeffrey Wilbur
Eagle Mountain, UT

If you can't laugh at yourself, don't worry; others will be more than happy to do it for you.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Obviously we need to clean up the Great White Way! What has American become? Entertaining? Next I suppose we will propose banning the f-word and all others that anyone objects to in all places public and private!!

Huntsville, UT

Lighten up for crying out loud, or at the least, grow a thicker skin.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tiff a couple of corrections the f-word did not show up until around the time of WWII so no Joseph never said the f-word. As far as the planets thing you are wrong again. There is no reason to believe that God merely rules over a single planet. I would believe the entire universe is more accurate.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Time for a song!

Salt Lake City, UT

And when Star Wars becomes a Broadway musical it will also offend Star Wars fans.

The world is an infinitely bigger place than the sphere of Mormon influence. Please get used to that simple fact of life.

Salt Lake City, UT

If there is a religion in the world that doesn't have beliefs that considered in the light of day are not at least slightly weird, I haven't heard of it. Catholics and Virgin Birth, Jews and dietary laws, Mormons and Kolob, Hindus and cows and on and on and on. How predictable that Mormons react to the attention brought by this musical. Every religion "condemns" such shows and succeeds in increasing the buzz and the profits for the people who produced it. Keep your heads down and as always "this too shall pass".

Easton Ellsworth

We should show Janice more respect than what she is getting in many of these comments. She has written some of the most influential songs in the Church, songs many of us grew up singing. This woman has been a conduit for millions to feel the power of God and choose better paths.

There is a line we each must draw - a line beyond which lie all sources of entertainment and information that we will oppose. Janice has clearly drawn that line for herself.

For some, this musical may fall on the other side of their line, where they place the things they accept as virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy enough to seek after - see Article of Faith 13. We should take great care when evaluating the line-placing of others.

There is a complex mixture of truth and error in this wildly popular show. All things work together for good to them that love God - see Romans 8:28. As the years pass, thousands of personal conversion stories will develop that begin like, so I went to see that Book of Mormon musical, and it got me wondering.


@ Arm of Orion: Actually, the f-word first showed up in a Scottish poem from 1503.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Jusr because the word's "The Book of Mormon" were used, some DN Moderators start a feeding frenzy to block most all posts, but, not this time. I agree with Janice K. Perry. Here's "MY REVIEW". By now you've all heard of the The Book of Mormon Broadway Musical, created by the makers of the vulgar comedy show South Park in collaboration with one of the people behind the obscene Puppet Broadway show Avenue Q. I'm here to tell you that these plaudits are a load of tripe. The Book of Mormon Broadway Musical is pure garbage. The fact that so many people, including members of the church, have given it such glowing reviews simply manifests how desensitized these people are to vulgarity and blasphemy, and how far their hearts are from God. It's not just the extremely offensive language. Even disregarding the vulgarity, the only way I can think to describe the message of the music is Anti-Christ. There is absolutely nothing uplifting, edifying, or virtuous to be gleaned. And while some of the music is catchy and happy-sounding, it is merely a colorful envelope with which the spiritual anthrax is delivered to it's victims, the audience.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Anything that brings attention to a religion is probably actually a good thing. It generates curiosity and helps to plant seeds.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Actually, the unfortunately ubiquitous word that begins with "f" is one of the oldest words in the English language, basic to the ancient Anglo-Saxon vocabulary and derived from an Indo-European root even more ancient than English. I do not use it myself and discourage others from using it, but it's certain not a modern invention.

Salt Lake City, UT

CI: "But I am curous if it would still be funny if a religous group made a satire about secular quirks (as if a big bang does not sound as far fetched as a messiah)"

Testable, frequently verified evidence for the Big Bang is abundant and constantly increasing. Plus, you don't need "faith" to understand that the evidence offers strong proofs of the accuracy of the Big Bang as a model explaining the origin of the universe.

I'd love to see religious beliefs undergo similar objective evaluation.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Being offened so easily reminds me of Muslim extremeists taking offense about cartoons of Mohammed.

Besides - I see no differnece between a couple Non-Mormons making a fictional musical play about the "Book of Mormon" and Mormon Chris Heimerdinger making up his fictional "Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites" series.

One must use the same gauge in order to rule.

It's call exploitation -- and the bottom line is all about making $$$

Tooele, UT

@LDS Liberal 11:01

You said - "Being offened so easily reminds me of Muslim extremeists taking offense about cartoons of Mohammed."

With all due respect, this comparison is totally without merit for the simple fact no devout Mormon I'm aware of has perpetuated any violence against the musical creators or producers, nor against anyone who has seen the show. In fact, I wonder, was there a single picket sign at the Tony Awards on Sunday?

Saying you're offended is much, much different than using violence to prove your point.


What I find amusing is, critics of the LDS Church often talk about how Mormonism is becoming irrelevant. They claim Mormon leaders and members are living in some odd dimension while the rest of the world progressing onward and upward.

My question to the critics is, if Mormonism is so irrelevant, why do people continue to talk about us, ridicule us and make musical satires about us?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

ClarkHippo | 12:19 p.m. June 14, 2011
Tooele, UT

My question to Mormons who are offend is, Why?

If it is true [as I believe it to be] who cares?

It's like wearing a shirt on backwards. If it doesn't bother you, and you are more comfortable wearing that way - why should you care what other people say or think? It perfectly legal to wear your shirt on backwards.
Are you going to change your opinion about how you "feel" simple because of the what other people say or think about you?

If so - then you are "cultural" Mormon and wouldn't survive a day outside of the Utah bubble.

It like being a Mormon for all the wrong reasons.

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