I am very happy to see this. I admire Alex's enthusiasm. Learning more
about others, regardless of our religious views, helps draw people closer. We
need to overcome our prejudices and be open to learning about all people.
@Mr. One TwoI'm confused as to what point you are making. The
article states that this video was done by "mormon.org.uk newsroom"
(Deseret News nor any national news corp). It states this clearly in the
article as well as making this a convenient link you can click for more info,
and the church's name is in the bottom corner of the video the entire time.
The video was made to show the positive spin coming from this ad campaign only,
not to talk about "doctrine", "misbeliefs", the play (although
it mentions it and you can find more info about that and the ad campaigns
purpose all over the net as well as on some of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saint's public websites. I see no hidden agenda here, it's
Re: the Scientist's "standard of truth." Who is more arrogant, one
who claims to be "Chosen by God", or one who sees himself as
intellectual, enlightened, and informed by hard scientific data? Who is more
wise, one who attempts to operate on faith in God, or one who won't accept
any idea unless it can be proven empirically? Someone once
confusedly queried "What is truth?" and shortly thereafter, by his own
admission, sent an innocent accused man to the cross. We'd all be more wise
to be careful how we deal with the subject of truth.
Res Novae,You prove my point.When you assert that you
are Chosen by God, you must live by a different standard. Since I don't
claim that, I live to the standard of truth. I only say and write what is true
about the LDS. I have no obligation to be "nice".
Res Novaeamen to your comment
Mr. Gravy, Maybe you are correct. Maybe the church doesn't need to
"manufacture credibility." If that is correct, then why do it? If if
you ignore that part of my comment, what of my other issues with the video and
the campaign? Why use clips from articles about the "Book of Mormon"
musical when commenting on increased press about the church? Why will no one
comment on the lack of Christ, his teachings, or of church doctrine in the
video? All I see is 5-and-a-half minutes of trying to convince people that
Mormons are normal.
@A Scientist"Whatever good public relations is gained for the
Church by these expensive ad campaigns in the UK are directly offset by the
negative public relations created by LDS commenters on these articles."Considering that your posts, on the DN and other places you haunt in
various guises around the web, consistently mock and humiliate Mormons, tar them
with negative stereotypes, encourage others to see them as stupid, and otherwise
try to portray them as an "Other" that should be feared and loathed, I
think you have absolutely zero business calling out Mormons -- either as
individual commenters or as a general group -- when it comes to negativity.
eastcoastcougI never bothered seeing the "book of Mormon" play so
I cannot comment on its offensiveness but I can tell you the very fact the play
was done got a lot of people in NY curious about the LDS church and I got a lot
of questions when people found out I was originally from Utah. The overwhelming
majority of the questions and comments were actually very respectful of the LDS
church. My point being not that being offensive is alright but rather on the
bright side maybe something good for the LDS church came out of a bad play.
Mr. One Two"Why no mention of doctrine? Why no mention of Jesus
Christ or his teachings?"Have you ever watched any of the
"I'm a Mormon" videos? They're filled with Mormons
talking about how the teachings of Jesus Christ have influenced their lives for
good?That's the whole point of the "I'm a Mormon"
campaign, to spark an interest in people who are unaware of these videos and get
them check them out.
@Mr. One TwoThe Church does not need to "manufacture"
credibility. It has millions of good people among its membership that provide
"credibility" on a daily basis to friends, work associates, and others
with whom they come in contact. Thanks for trying, but the "stretch" is
just too much for most thinking people. Would that every institution in this
world do as much for the people of the world as the LDS Church.
So why make look like a news report if not to manufacture credibility? Are you
sure that if someone stumbled across this on YouTube that they would realize it
was the church and not a real story? What of my other issue that none of the
"increased" stories about the church shown are about the church or
it's campaign, but about the "Book of Mormon" musical? Why no
mention of doctrine? Why no mention of Jesus Christ or his teachings?
It's all just a feel good piece for church members by church members. Look
how great we are.
Mr. One Two"People, please understand that the video
accompanying the story is not an actual news report but a Public Relations piece
put together by the Church."Thanks for sharing, but most people
who saw "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" prominently
displayed in the lower right portion of the entire video are smart enough to
figure out that the video was produced by LDS Church.
From what I've seen, the point of the I'm a Mormon campaign is to
dispel myths about what we are and aren't, to bring to peoples'
attention that we aren't some little group of weirdos sequestered in a far
corner of the world. We're all over the world, in most folks'
neighborhoods, living ordinary lives, with the same challenges,
responsibilities, concerns and passions that everyone else has. Yes, our
beliefs differ, but you don't have to look far to find two people who can
say that about each other.Sitting quietly in the Salt Lake Valley
doesn't do much to tell people who and what we are. Getting the message
out takes a bit of stretching outside the comfort zone. It's true of
full-time missionaries, it's true of individuals and families, and
it's true of the Church.I'm sure the reaction in London
and elsewhere isn't 100% positive. So what?Some of my friends
have posted videos on the I'm a Mormon site, and I haven't seen one
yet that is anything but sincere and well done.
@ Chris B,This "I'm a Mormon" campaign didn't just
fall out of the sky - it was launched in NYC and London in response to the
hateful and irreverent spoof on Mormons - "The Book of Mormon", which
portrays us as complete dolts and idiots while being offensive to all religion.
Look up a few of the song lyrics...I've lived and travelled all
over the world, and say it's about time people got an idea of what we look
like, do for a living, how we live in our communities and families, and what we
believe. We don't live in an Information Age, but rather a Mis-information
Age. So we've decided to control the message of who we are.
@Mr. One TwoYou realize this is the Deseret News, right? The
article also obviously states, "In a new video released by the mormon.org.uk
newsroom" which suggests it is produced by the LDS church.
I guess, I would just have to ask why we would spend so much time and attention
pointing specifically to the fact that "I'm a Mormon", and so
little emphasis on "I'm a disciple of Jesus"? It's like being
Mormon is more important for us to promote than following Jesus is.
Whatever good public relations is gained for the Church by these expensive ad
campaigns in the UK are directly offset by the negative public relations created
by LDS commenters on these articles.It doesn't matter how
bright the backgrounds or the smiles, in your personal interactions you make or
break the perceptions people have of "Mormons".
@MDixon Chris B has a great deal of destain for the liberal media.
He occasionally sings the praises of the LDS church when they say things he
agrees with, I have yet to see him ever admit the liberal media every said
anything agreeable. It is pretty much impossible to live peacefully in his world
so try to not take it personal.
People, please understand that the video accompanying the story is not an actual
news report but a Public Relations piece put together by the Church. To make it
appear as a news report is simply an attempt to manufacture credibility. The
reason there is no negative comments is because they were left on the cutting
room floor. Also note when the actor/anchor says that that since the campaign
begun that interest in the Mormon Church has in increased with articles in
multiple newspapers, the articles shown are all about "The Book of
Mormon" musical and not the church, but they fly by so quickly they are
difficult to read. She also says the campaign is dispelling many misbeliefs
about the church, but doesn't say what any of them are. In 5:30 there is no
mention of doctrine and very little mention of Jesus Christ except for in the
name of the church. I do give the church props for conducting a very slick PR
campaign, but please see this for what it is.
@ChrisBThe following is not meant to offend or disfellow but to
create question..It doesn't take a genius to see that there are secret
combinations of corrupted men and women within nearly every form government and
media assertion in our nation. So when people want the truth between the lies
where do they go, where do you go? Why is it that everyone in the
liberal world has their opinion and informs you but every time a mormon states
his or her christian belief, which was the very same foundation in which our
constitution and country were built off of, they get chastised? If I was not a
LDS member in my logical mind I would still wonder why everyone despises them
when a mormon speaks out about his christlike belief.. that should tell you
something. As part of a belief of the LDS church and assumably all
the christian world, it is said that we are to preach unto all ends of the earth
to repent and come unto Christ, the 'I'm a Mormon' campaign
certainly may be considered part of that process to reach all four quarters of
the earth. Luv ya my brother. Thanks.
They have run a similar campaign in NY and it was done very tastefully.@chris bI am so sorry that the rest of us live in your world, it must be
very difficult to endure us.
This is awesome!
@Chris B"...there should be no need of anyone who is confident
in themselves needing to shout to the world their religious preference.""Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy
One of Israel in the midst of thee." ~ Isaiah 12:6By the way
other religions have followed suit with similar campaigns of their own -
possibly patterned after this (I'm a Mormon) and others by the LDS Church.
@ Chris BYou really are a piece of work. It isn't a matter of
being confident. It is a matter of people being happy with who they are and what
they believe, and wanting to share with others that which gives them joy. How is it any different than your constant claims of "I love my BCS
How very exciting! Having served a mission in France hearing these positive
results makes me jump for joy!@md--I agree with you! When religions
of all faiths are being attacked all over the world, it does take a good and
courageous person to stand and fight against such evil and instead to show and
spread love and goodness. I am so excited for the LDS missionaries of today.
What an amazing time to be serving!
@md,In just reading the title of the article, we've already
been unnecessarily told the sexual preference choices or religious choices of
those we're referring to. A confident person would not need to
look to others to give them a pat on the back for their life choices, whether
sexual or religious
@Chris BAn easy way to avoid the issue with gays is to avoid any
article with "gay" in the headline.An easy way to avoid the
issue with Mormons is to avoid any article with "Mormon" in the title.
This should help you avoid fatigue while reading such articles.Regarding your statement, "there should be no need of anyone who is
confident in themselves needing to shout to the world their religious
preference.", I think reality is polar opposite from your views. It takes
an extremely confident person to stand up to the world and declare their
religious beliefs. Hats off to the ~ 60 thousand courageous souls
who are currently serving missions!
Just as I get tired of people telling us they are gay when I'm not shouting
to the world my sexual orientation, there should be no need of anyone who is
confident in themselves needing to shout to the world their religious
This is amazing! The Church certainly knows how to spread the Word in unique
and effective ways. I think citizens of the UK will respond positively to this
kind of introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I
truly believe that this type of missionary approach in the UK is inspired.