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

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The Authority
Richfield, UT

Well said JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt. I was really kind of upset when I heard about the musical, but the church's response was one of dignity and restraint, so I tried to follow the example. Find good where you can and add to it!

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

First off let me say that I am an avid true blue BYU fan and wish she had chosen the Y! But some of the comments like "That will be tough. Hope she can stay strong as both those departments share a lot of antipathy toward the Church." Talking about her chosen majors and University of Utah from 'Observenator'. Or "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 disappointedm" from 'Yorkshire,' may have forgotten That U of U can be referred to as "THE SCHOOL OF THE PROPHETS." Why you ask? Look at where most of the general authorities went to school. :)

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Daveverano and skeptic make excellent points.

The Mormon Musical most likely converts more Mormons to South Park than Musical-goers to Mormonism.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

Thank you, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, for helping to bring more people into the faith that you love to so relentlessly ridicule. We couldn't appreciate it more. You're great missionaries, in your unorthodox sort of way. ;P

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I watched South Park for 3 or 4 minutes...that was enough for me forever. Our society is falling apart. It is good to hear something posiive. I hope she remains happy. She now has a roadmap to happiness, all she has to do is keep following the road.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

"Edge and irreverent" are what the so-called anti-Muslim video was called by Hillary Clinton as she condemned it. Yet, she said she enjoyed BofM the musical.

Millsap fan
Taylorsville, UT

a perfect example of God outsmarting satan. my natural instinct would be to shun this play and tell everyone it's pure evil. the church however, knew there was a better way.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I wonder what BH Roberts would have thought about the play. I'll be he would have liked it.

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

Chris B -

You should take a look at South Park. They've gone to great length's to parody Mohamed. They've also taken stabs at Scientology.

WON84
PLANO, TX

First off let me say that I am an avid true blue BYU fan and wish she had chosen the Y!

How do you know she didn't?

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

For what it's worth "Boston Student Ward" is largely a misnomer. There are about 4 YSA type wards in greater Boston. The Church is well established there. Actually, I am surprised that people have not commented on the relative strengths of the Univeristy of Utah and Suffolk Univeristy drama programs. That may be the reason for the transfer. Or there may be other reasons. People often have very personal and specific reason for moving, and I will not fault them for it. The Lord will direct us to where we are most needed if we seek his gudiance. What is right for one person, will not be right for another. I am glad for the experiences I have had at Eastern Michgian Univeristy, Wayne State Univeristy and BYU, and I as much liked my small institute class at EMU as any religion class at BYU in their own way. Both of them offered chances to grow and help, although we had more direct chances to share the gospel with people who knew little of it at the EMU institute class.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The discussion "why is she moving to Utah" brings up Elder Ellis' talk. some may say "yah, he said don't move to Utah." Actually, Elder Ellis said you need to go where the Lord wants you to go, and he will give you that direction. I am confident that if Sister Morong feels that the Lord is directing her to move to Utah she is making the right decision.

The revelations on these matters come from the Lord to each individual, and I will stand behind them in figuring out how to process these decisions. I definately will not claim to better understand the reasons than the person making them when I literally know nothing about the possible outcomes. In fact, this is why we need to follow the guidance of the Lord, he knows about outcomes we have no hint of, although he also allows us to work out our own course.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Considering the play is anti-religion in tone, I would say that becoming a Catholic would also be a reaction that is reverse of what those who intend the play to be a teaching method would want.

I also wonder if some of the commentors that mock this reaction read the article. The play seems to actually in this case work as intended, as a viehcle to encorage mockery and derision. The failure is that when you cause people to attack a strawman if they encounter a real person on the other side they may no longer keep up the attacks.

Daveverano
Phoenix, AZ

A Scientist, perhaps you're right that more LDS might be tempted to watch South Park, than non-believers will become Mormons. But that is really not the point. I doubt any Mormons will leave their faith because they watch a cartoon that pokes fun at them. Yet already at least one person has become LDS because of South Park, or the play at least. And I can honestly tell you that I actually have a better view of Mormons after the South Park episode than I did before. Why? Even though they made fun of the story of the church, lets face it, every religions story has elements to it that can be laughed at by people who don't share that faith. However, they did portray the strong happy, healthy, family bonds and values of the LDS church.
Judge for yourself, you can find links to the episode if you search for it. Remember it has some cursing and poking fun of the story, but overall positive on the Mormon family.

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