Comments about ‘Reactions to Brandon Flowers' Mormon.org video’

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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 19 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Claudie4
Salt Lake City, UT

Boy, Mormons sure are touchy and "critical"....that's too bad. Besides his life is none of your dang business.

raybies
Layton, UT

It's funny how the kneejerk reaction to rockstar is that they can't possibly be active in the LDS church.

I think that's the point of the ad.

Springvillepoet
Springville, UT

I personally believe all of the hype surrounding Mormon celebrities is ingrained in the Mormon culture itself. All of those Mormon urban legends about who is a Mormon, or who "received the lessons" is pure vanity on the part of those who engage in the discussion.

Frankly, I had never even heard of Brandon Flowers until seeing this article. I am certain he is popular, and I think it's great that he is proud enough to declare his faith publicly, but that's about it. Anyone who has the integrity to state their beliefs in a public forum and stick by them deserves credit. From what I have read I'm also pretty sure Flowers doesn't think he deserves special credit for doing so, either.

As for making pronouncements about who is or is not "mormony" enough . . . well, that's just childish to begin with, and should be ignored. I for one have better things to do than worry about who is doing enough in the Church to be considered a real Latter Day Saint.

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

Vocal Local's comments about Brandon Flowers is symptomatic of a bigger problem amongst intermountain west Mormons and that is their constant need to define whether other people are "Mormon enough." This is the essentially the same thing Evangelical Christians do when they say Mormon's are not Christians. "Who gives them the right to define us?", Mormons say. Likewise, orthodox Mormons are quick to define someone who is only a social member of the Church as not a real Mormon because they don't believe every doctrine. For that matter, they deny that fundamentalist polygamists sects are Mormons, even though the fundamentalists clearly define themselves as such. These definitions are all semantic, let everyone define Mormonism as they want and just encourage people to live the best lives they can. Its obvious that is what Brandon Flowers is attempting to do.

BP
Salt Lake City, UT

To be honest...I didn't see this one coming.

I commend Brandon for finding something that works for him.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Carey F: I agree fully with your thoughts though I think that problem is much more severe in Utah and other high LDS population places. I grew up in Minnesota where my family -- including my cigarette smoking dad -- was fully active in the church. No one look down their noses at him. After graduating from BYU, we (me, wife & kids) moved to Illinois. On a whim and because my wife likes guys with long hair, I grew a pony tail. Still did all my home teaching and fulfilled my callings (including ward mission leader). No one here seemed too perturbed by the hair. Don't think that would have been the case if we had been living in Utah.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

springvillepoet: "ingrained in the Mormon culture itself"

That statement is very insightful. The real key is determining what is Mormon culture and actually Mormon religion -- because contrary to Mormon culture, there is a difference.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to turn this into a "Utah" thing. One person takes a swipe at Brandon Flowers and it immediately turns into a "Utah" thing. This is SOOOOO childish.

The Lord has said, "If you are not one, you are not mine." We need to stop criticizing each other based on where we are from and instead be supporting each other. HONESTLY!!!!

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I watched the video on Mormon.org with no problem. I attempted to view this on YouTube to see how many people had viewed it. I use a popular free porn filter and the "I am a Mormon" video was blocked!

The filter enforces safety mode on YouTube. What in the world is unsafe about watching a video on family and faith? Besides Satan just who would be threatened by this?

Unbelievable!

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

When I was little I blamed everything bad on my little brother. It is kind of funny how this method is also found within religion.

D'Anconia
Providence, UT

@metamoracoug

If you and your wife get into long hair, that's great! I have no problem with that. That's one reason why I chose the University of Utah over BYU. I enjoyed the diversity there. The crowd at LES reminds me of the clone army.

@Springvillepoet

The Killers rock! Sam's Town, Hot Fuss, Day & Age. All great albums!

annie
Tomball, TX

Who is to say that he wasn't less active and now he is active. Lots of great people have made mistakes and come back. That is the beauty of the atonement and the beauty of our doctrine. We believe in repentance--we believe in change--we believe in doing better--and mostly we believe in forgiving and accepting others. I don't think Brandon Flowers would have made an "I'm a Mormon" video if he wasn't.

Canyontreker
TAYLORSVILLE, UT

@metamoracoug

Love your story. I try to take my kids to church whenever we travel to see what LDS life is like outside Utah.

In Taylorsville, you must dress like IBM salesmen to participate with the sacrament.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Being Married 6 years, Its just been such a great experience and overflowing of that love that I didnt know was there before, he said. Thats what is important to me."

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Congratulations Brandoon, but are you one of those who are willing to keep that same love from others?

Are you an "I'm a Mormon, and I'm for equality" or are you an "I'm a Mormon, and I reject that same-sex couples deserve the same benefits I receive" kind of Mormon?

Inquiring minds want to know.

rogerdpack2
Orem, UT

wow hold on with the attacks here people, let's all keep it calm...

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

I gave you a "Recommend", CareyF, because it looks like you Understand what religion is about. You too, Metamoracoug;

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

So dang neat.

BCA
Murrieta, CA

So, let me get this straight. The church uses Brandon Flowers to help its PR image, but BYU won't have Kirby Heyborne as a visitor to teach about acting because he is in a Budweiser commercial?

wjutjck
Taylorsville, UT

I am also in the group that have never heard of Brandon Flowers. However, having said that, I have watched a few of the I'm a Mormon videos and also read people's testimonies of Christ on the "Mormon dot org" site. All of the messages I've read and all of the video's I've seen suggest to me that only those who truly have a testimony of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and want to share that message with the world - create a video or put their testimony on the site.
Someone who is only casually/culturally associated with the church, most likely would never create a video or put their testimony on the site.
Just my opinion.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Shaun, have you lived in Utah your whole life?... thought so

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