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Published: Saturday, Feb. 8 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

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west Jordan, UT

Your comments are great, My question is you stated "...and the story is heartwarming even when you can see what's going to happen from a mile away." That is interesting because most Christians know this story and already know how it ends. My point being, that is a funny critique.


One of my main frustrations with Christian—and particularly, LDS—cinema is the unrealistic, idealized manner in which they depict the world. In order for Christians, including Mormons, to be relatable to those on the outside, they must be portrayed as real, not caricatures who make the Brady Bunch look dysfunctional by comparison. What use is faith if our lives are perfect anyway? There must needs be opposition in all things. Otherwise, faith can never be tested or tried, and, like a muscle never exercised, it eventually withers away and dies.

Christianity—and especially Mormonism—was never designed to be a religion for the wealthy, prosperous, powerful, or secure. It is meant for the downtrodden, the poor, the hopeless, those who truly recognize most their need for salvation and who are not blinded by pride and the praises of the world. When we lose the aspect of struggle in our religion, we lose the single most important ingredient of spiritual growth. "Perfect" people are not capable of becoming any better through sanctification by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. They are stagnant, and therefore, as dead, unable to progress towards anything greater than what they already have.

West Jordan, UT

We saw the movie at the Saturday night film festival as a family. We really enjoyed it.

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