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LDS Church film set brings Jerusalem to Utah desert

Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 10:52 p.m. MDT

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

One way to ask the question about the "use of money" is what are the other options? Well, film is a powerful media and used well can present the gospel in a way that other media can not quite do. There is a need for multiple appraoches, but film has a place.

Making the film needs to be done. So the question is, is the oportunity cost of this project worth it. First off, there is something do be said for well done sets. Some people get distracted if your set is not realistic.

So at some level you have the choice of building a set or shooting in Jerusalem. Not only is there a cost of going to Jerusalem, but the fact that Israel does not believe in religious freedom and is extremely suspicious of Chrstiainity makes it much easier to do such filming in the US than there. Plus there is not as much a threat of violence. So the gains from this set are great, even in non-monetary respects. In the case of money this is probably if anything cheaper than filming in Jerusalem.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

This is not a theme park, so it would be nice if people paid attention to distinctions.

The charge of the Church is to bring all unto Christ, and this certainly does that.

Art is a good thing. Without art life would not be worth living.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

It would also really help if people paid attention to the article. It mentions bringing in sheep and goats. They are going for in the city shots and are not going to go for wide broad shots. Basically we have two people who gripe too much money is spent, and than Mac who wants the Church to spend way more money. That is because any sight that is anything like what he describes would cost a whole lot to build.

It is bad enough to have people who get hung up on minor details in films instead of hearing the message. For people to attack film sets because they do not understand the whole function of a film set is to provide a controlled backdrop but it is only the part you capture in camera that matters is just plain frustrating.

This is a film set, not a theme park. It is meant to be taken in small chucnks for the film. If people understood this than some of their complaints would not occur.

grandmagreat
Lake Havasu City, AZ

I am amazed at how people interpret what they see and read. Pastor Willy Mack, you say you were from Utah. I pray that you have not left the church to be a leader in another faith. I have seen the start of the set in Goshen, I have a daughter that lives in Goshen. I think it is great that this creation is being finished to benefit those who want to know more about the Lord's Church. I bear my Testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth by Joseph Smith Jr. I am grateful that my ancestors joined the church, and many of them made the trek west so that the gospel could be spread to all the world. If anyone wants to know more, they should contact the Missionaries or active members of the church in your area. yes I am proud to say I am a Mormon.

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