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Published: Friday, May 3 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

I would guess the two "South Park" authors who wrote this misguided play never saw that one coming. Congratulations to this young lady for following the Spirit and not the crude slant of this production. The Lord will find the pure in heart.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

This is a great story of how the spirit can overcome all kinds of challenges. It reminds me of those anti-mormon films, materials etc. that try to keep people from joining the Church and instead they bring people to the Church. God's work will not be stopped by Book of Mormon Musical or any other distortions or lies. I think we will see an explosion in new members as never before.

elarue
NEW YORK, NY

When someone asked Matt and Trey if they thought members of the church would be offended by the musical, they said, "Nah, they'll be cool." And the questioner reiterated his concern that the musical would cause offense, and they reiterated, "No, really, they'll be cool." And see? That's exactly how it's worked out. :-D

Hamath
Omaha, NE

My parents lived in Eastern Russia in 1992. A mainstream TV preacher type came and insulted the Russian Orthodox Church. The Minister of Religion decided to aggressively take steps against proselytizing American based churches. He picked the Mormons first. At the time, there was maybe 5 members in the entire city where they lived (of several million people). Tons of anti-LDS literature flooded the area. Nothing could have helped the missionaries more. They literally just showed up at church on each day and taught the people that came, all day long. There is no such thing as bad publicity is the old saying. Not sure if it's always really true, but seems to apply in both situations.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

Great story. I hope she has a great experience at the U. They have some awesome student wards there!!

Observenator
Salt Lake City, UT

"This fall, Morong, who is currently a sophomore, will begin classes at the University of Utah. She will declare a double major in musical theater and communication."

That will be tough. Hope she can stay strong as both those departments share a lot of antipathy toward the Church.

God bless you, Liza.

Don Bugg
Prince Frederick, MD

I'm curious to know why she has chosen to move to Utah and complete college there. I'm not faulting the author for not addressing it in greater depth, but I'm left wondering why she's decided that leaving Boston and her current university is the right thing for her.

Bernard GUi
Puyallup, WA

Calling the musical edgy and irreverent is like calling Katrina a squall.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

Liza-if you are reading this, take a note from eastcoastcoug and Observenator.

There will be both sides.

Anyone who assumes that because it is in Utah, the U will be an easy place to find or maintain a testimony is going to be sorely disappointed.

But if you know that going in, you will be able to see things for what they are....Good luck.

Melanie
Alpine, UT

What a great article! It just made my whole day! You are a bright light, Liza, you will far outshine Broadway! Thanks for sharing your story and testimony!

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

There are probably a lot of Christians of other denominations out there who are greatly offended (as we are) by the irreverent portrayal of Christianity in Monty Python's "The Life of Brian".

They realize how utterly false that movie is to basic Christian beliefs, yet they somehow think that the "Book of Mormon" play must somehow be an accurate portrayal of our church and its beliefs. If they went into that play with the same level of skepticism as they do to false representations about their own beliefs, then they might have a more open mind.

In any case, the play itself might spark some curiosity as it did with this young woman, so it can in fact, be a missionary tool in spite of itself.

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Great story, still would never go see the play.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Don Bugg,

I can't speak for her, nor would I. But I imagine it may likely be the reason a lot of people do.

Imagine being the only person to like drawing. You love it. You more than love it! You've never met anyone who likes it. Then you suddenly discover a drawing academy in Eagle Mountain, Utah (random of course... lol)

You would probably have a lot of energy and enthusiasm in discovering this. You may even plan to move the very next day. Her career may be in communications or theater, but there is nothing more enthusiastic about our lives as there is in being in the church. I wouldn't compare Utah to some kind of Mecca, though the Temple probably could be on some level. But being surrounded by people who want the same things as you can be very motivating. I've only met a handful of people who want to go into the field I do. Only a small fraction of them have even been very proficient and dedicated to the field. Just as collaboration and teamwork can be enthusiastic, so can moving to Utah for plenty of members.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I would encourage the South Park guys to create a satire on Muslims and their God.

Though not Mormon myself, I find it hypocritical of liberals to find this play funny and perfectly acceptable, whereas without a doubt if a similar production was done on Islam, the liberals would scream bigotry, and there likely would be death threats from the offended religion.

Mormons, thank you for overall being decent and non-violent people

donn
layton, UT

RE: I felt this peace that I have never felt before. I thought to myself, ‘That just came from God.’”
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD(YHWH).

Faith is only as good as the object of that faith or As Jesus says in John 8;24 …. for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be(God), you will die in your sins.” Ex 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am… .

Don Bugg
Prince Frederick, MD

I know it. I Live it. I Love it: I appreciate your attempt to figure out why she's leaving Massachusetts for Utah, but I don't think your analogy holds up very well, just because the Church is very well established in Boston, including many wards and stakes full of faithful Latter-day Saints, and of course, a large and beautiful temple. I'm not saying her choice is bad, but I don't know what advantages it offers her.

Go Utes
Salt Lake City, UT

What a great story. Welcome to the LDS Church, Liza! You must be incredibly open minded to have taken the journey that you did to join the church. Congratulations as well for enrolling at the University of Utah. I believe it is the best LDS campus in the country. I had many great experiences on campus and at the LDS Institute. Enjoy your studies and your newfound membership in the church.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

Wow Chris B. that's sure pleasant to hear from you.
Thank you from all the decent and non-violent posters on these pages.
Why don't you have a great and peaceful day from us.
(Avoid sports articles, it will help.)

Southernmiss
kaysville, UT

Great story! Loved hearing about her conversion! My husband and I took our family to New York and surrounding sites the summer of 2011. We did not go to The Book of Mormon on Broadway, although I have watched it from a broadcast version. We took our family to The Hill Cumorah Pageant which is the REAL story! It was amazing! There were hundreds..if not thousands of people there who were non-members. I spoke to many of them who were there out of curiosity because of seeing the broadway play. I thought it was great that the play had piqued their curiosity enough to get them to the "real" story. We have friends (a family) of another faith who are now reading the Book of Mormon and taking the discussions because they were so intrigued with the play! It gave us the opportunity to have a dialogue with them about the truths and untruths included in the play.

If we look at the play or any other attention the LDS church gets as negative, then so will others. If we extract the positive from it, then so will others. It gives us the opportunity to clarify our beliefs.

Lermentov
PROVO, UT

In Russia we had one Vladimir who saw a translated episode of South Park irreverent to the Mormons and became curious. So he searched and found the Church on the internet and spent four months trying to get someone to visit him. The mission finally got the internet request and contacted him. He joined the Church and has since served a mission. A wonderful young man!

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