Just saw the preview. Can't wait to take my family of six to pay $10 a
piece to gobble up this Mormon Propoganda. (Hint of sarcasm)The
movie looks gorgeous, the stories seem touching and inspirational, which is just
what I need to recharge my emotional batteries after the demands of raising a
family and working 10-12 hours a day.Looking forward to seeing it.
I am very excited to see this film, and I am sure it will become a part of my
video library when it becomes available.
I guess I don't really get the intent of this movie. As noted previously,
who is going to see this other than Mormons? And if they do, what are they
going to think? "Oh wow, Mormons are normal people." and then go on
their way. What good does that do? I mean seriously, I know there are still
some mis-conceptions about Mormons around the world, but for the most part
people either know that Mormons attend their church just like a lot of other
people, that they have families and jobs, etc., just like a lot of other
people, or they just don't care what Mormons do (or Catholics, Baptists,
Muslims, or anybody else).In the article I believe the producer is
quoted as saying, the movie doesn't preach to anybody. Why not?
Isn't that the point? A better effort would be to say that Christ lives,
we worship Him, and because of that we feel our lives are blessed, as other
people's lives are. It would be better to have a movie focused on the life
of Christ rather than a PR movie for the church. That is not the same thing.
The Lord's Church:The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsNickname given: MormonsWe don't prefer any name or another
really. But when people misuse it to describe what they claim we believe (rather
than the truth), then we prefer the name that tells the truth. It has never been
about the label, but about how it's used.We follow Jesus
Christ, we share His message. It doesn't matter if we use one represent
that one day and another tomorrow. The only reason we do is to clarify
confusion. That isn't an error in judgement. Having a problem with us for
doing it is an error in judgement. There are far more important considerations
to give a message from God rather than "what should I call your followers to
suit my agenda".It seems some people will never let go of
useless debate instead of asking themselves if what they are doing is right.
Typically a non-associated third party produces a documentary. When Ford
produces a video about a new pick up truck its a promotional piece. This move
would seem to fall in the latter category. It's to be expected then, that
they film would highlight only positives. Nothing wrong with that, no laws were
broken. The members should not get too excited though, about the wonderful state
of their religious beliefs and the affirmation that all is well in Zion. It
Marxist, not surprised that you bring up the Same Sex Marriage debate. Typical.
I'm guessing that nothing is going to change on that issue as far as the
church is concerned. Skeptic there are good people everywhere and if the Church
wants to use these people as examples of good LDS people, then why not.Divine Goddess, why should the church focus on the negative? Inactive people
made a choice to be what they are. I home teach several and they are making no
effort to come back. As much as we try to be their friends and help them out
with all kinds of aspects of their lives, they've made a choice that right
now they don't want to change. No sense dwelling on that.Hutterite, yep they do so get over yourself.
Large corporate entities almost always produce promotional material.
@Skeptic,I'm not sure how talking about who we are necessarily
put down others... explain, please. I don't know any LDS that say they are
better than other people. I sure don't. Most people have no
real idea what a Mormon looks like or how they live. When we lived in
Switzerland in 2002, a member of our ward was in the media and a sports
announcer friend coming back from the SLC Olympics announced to him that he had
"been to Utah but hadn't seen any Mormons."
@Esquire. The Church very publicly states: "In the latest example in a long
history of working together, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church) will donate all net proceeds* from the theatrical release of Meet
the Mormons to the American Red Cross." *"Net proceeds means box office
proceeds less distribution expenses." This is from the website for the
movie.I take the Church at its word (just like I do everyone until
they give me reason not to). Distribution is not production. Production costs
are completely covered by the Church and are not reimbursed by proceeds from
I get the impression that this would be a lot like those "I'm a
Mormon" videos which, from what I recall, were rather successful.
I hope the members aren't surprised that people don't flock to see the
film. We often think we are more prominent on the American or World stage than
most other people do and that there is a high level of curiosity. Wish there
were and maybe this will pique some interest. Yes, it's better than doing
nothing - and I think it's good to try to show ourselves as normal people
of the neighborhood and workplace, with shared values with many. Not sure if a
female kick boxer is the right image though and I think there are many other
occupations or interests in South America that would be better - like a nurse
perhaps or a teacher. But I know it's hard to pick six representative
members worldwide, and I'm sure it will be of interest to some. I think it
has to be about constantly building bridges, finding shared values, reinforcing
commonalities, and finding those who are looking - and relying by the Spirit in
all we do for others. And making interesting movies.
@ ConWarI think people may be pretty interested to know about this
religion - positive or negative - over other religions because we are as of late
more widely known than other religions. We are sure in the media a lot, and the
protesters like to come out at least twice a year and make noise. We may as well
tell it from our perspective instead of letting the media tell about us from
their perspective. I wonder if the Vatican, or the Kingdom Halls of the
Jehovah's Witness etc. ever get picketed? Has anyone ever run for POTUS as
a self proclaimed Jehovah's Witness, or had members disgruntled about
portions of their doctrine blog or go on radio or TV about it for publicity? I
think Latter Day Saints need to be a voice for themselves in the world, or the
world will do it for us - erroneously.
@Goddess Divine. This is interesting to me. You have not seen the movie as it
has not come out at this point. Yet, you are judging it already as not being an
accurate documentary. How do you know that it does not show
"both sides of the story"? Perhaps actually seeing the movie before
judging it might be helpful.
I can see this film being a great tool at visitor centers but will be interested
to see if anyone but Mormons would have any interest in this film in theaters. I
doubt I would ever go to a movie entitled "Meet the Jehovah Witnesses".
Is this supposed to be a documentary? I don't think so and is upsetting to
me. In one side they are showing the lives of several happy members of diverse
nationalities and I think this is a good thing. But on the other hand, if this
is supposed to be a documentary, then it should show things as they are, not
only the happy side. A documentary should show the lives of unhappy members as
well. The church should do a research about these members, the ones that were
inactive and came back and the ones that did not come back. The church
needs to face things as they are and find solutions, instead of avoiding the
issue and just showing the happy side of the church. This is just
another happy movie showing how great mormons are, not a documentary showing
both sides of the story. As a church, we should focus on those that are inactive
and need help, not on the people that are happy and have no problems. What is
more important? The welfare of these souls or to improve the image of the church
in the social media? Our leaders are making their decisions.
@gittalopcbi, my question was: is a good Mormon any better than a good Catholic,
etc. Are people good just because they are good people or are they good because
they are Mormons, etc., and how does one or the other religion make a person
better than one of another religion. If it doesn't then what is the point.
Why not just focus on good people being good. Or should every known religion (I
think there are about six thousand) produce a propaganda film who they are and
how good they are. Furthermore, does religion even help to make good people, or
would people be better people with out it. The bottom line is that religion is a
business and like all business religion needs sales to get, and keep customers
(parishioners) to stay alive and make money and yield power (politics).
@ Jared, have you seen the contract? It could be written any number of ways. I
haven't seen the contract and won't claim to know the terms of the
@skeptic Where did you get that the movie was about showing how "Mormons are
the best?" I didn't. The movie is about informing who Mormons are. No
need to read non-existent motives into it.@BYU Joe I guess that
illustrates how ridiculous and invalid the movie ratings system is.@Pavalova The right people (the ones who need to see the movie) will pay to
Leading by example. The LDS Church has asked the members to be tech savy and
flood the earth with good messages of service, love, and promoting wholesome
values. The Church is likewise showing the way.
This sounds like an interesting video.As for breaking the
"stereotype of Mormon women" though, I actually wouldn't mind
-meeting- that stereotype for a change.
So what is the point: that there are good people in the word that are Mormons.
Isn't that just as true concerning Catholics, Protestants, Muslims,
Atheist , etc. If Mormons are trying to show that proportionately that Mormons
are the best, then they will need something more than a propaganda film.
Can not wait to see this Great Movie (sounds like it) on Roku! (I have
@EsquireNet proceeds refers to everything above the cost to
distribute the film. The Church paid for the film (produced) and will not seek
to recoup those costs. The movie was already going to be made and shown in
Church visitor centers (so it was already paid for). Then they decided to
distribute it in theaters and online too and donate all that money (less
distribution costs).This is a missionary and humanitarian tool. It
costs money to run the film in theaters and get it distributed online so those
costs will be deducted from proceeds (and taxes, I'm assuming, although the
Church could cover taxes through other funds). Any profits left over will be
donated to the American Red Cross.
@ Paul Timothy GibbsI'm surprised you would accuse church
members of being xenophobic, considering how many church members have either
children or have served themselves in missions outside of Utah and around the
globe, then report in homecomings that their foreign mission had the "Best
people on earth" . Just sayin'.
I can't imagine that this will sell commercially, but I guess we will
see.Net proceeds to charity. I assume this means full repayment of
the investment, perhaps with interest? First financing a commercial building in
Philly, and now underwriting a commercial film?
Friar.Tuck and mpschmittYes, there are plans to make this widely available
internationally and on the streaming media channels like Netflix, AmazonPrime
and Hulu as soon as it is released domestically. This will be out there
How many people would actually pay $10 per ticket to see this in theaters?
@John Pack Lambert. The Church News is Part of Deseret News and has it's
own website that is searchable. Go to Deseret News home page and click on the
"Faith" tab at the top.@59fitz. Since the early
encouragement for members to downplay the use of "Mormon" when referring
to the Church, there have been several excellent clarifications spoken of in
General Conference. See the talk by Elder M. Russell Ballard in October, 2011
"The Importance of a Name." He points out many situations when it is
appropriate to use the term "Mormon". I am encouraged by the
recognition that we are "stuck" with the nickname and the Church
embraces it--to a point, but still prominently associates it with the full name.
As members, we should do the same.
I wish the Church the best in this endeavor. The community of caring within it
is unmatched, and that appeals to almost everyone. But the Church has acquired
lifetime enemies through the SSM debate. And feelings there are really raw. I
doubt this film will help that.
The Church should put this out on Netflix streaming as soon as possible and
publicize it heavily. I'm sure it would get a lot if views that way.
I'm happy to see an excellent filmmaker like Jeff Roberts behind this. I'm also happy (but not surprised) that the Church has chosen
members of multiple narionalities and ethnicities to represent them. A much
needed reminder to American (perhaps especially Utah) members thay this is a
worldwide Church made up of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds, Far too often
ethnocentrism and xenophobia rear their heads in our local cultural, and this is
a great reminder that those things have no rightful place in the LDS Church.
I'm looking forward to seeing the film.
I'm excited that producer Jeff Roberts is involved in this film. He's
a great producer and person, and he's been responsible for some of the best
films the Church has produced.
I am a bit surprised that the LDS church keeps using the term "Mormons"
in its marketing schemes such as the title of this film. It was not that long
ago that they were trying to become better recognized as The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and not "Mormons".
This is a very interesting film - but not everyone in this world speaks English.
Will there ever be an international version with selectable subtitles or
versions in other languages? The largest language group here in Europe with
about 100 million people are the German speaking countries (Germany, Austria,
parts of Switzerland, northern part of Italy, Luxembourg and Belgium - and most
Dutch people at least understand German - according to observation which tv
programs they watch).
I am trying to figure out if there is a way to search the old LDS Church news
articles. I was wanting to see if I could find the article from when President
Sullivan was called as stake president.
The world is so attuned to video nowadays that something like this is really
needed. I know the LDS Church does a lot with video, possibly more than any
other church, with such projects as the Bible Videos segments and the enormous
number of clips on the LDS.org website for everything from training sessions and
Sunday School classes. But most of that is for the church membership itself (I
don't know how many of the Bible Videos have been used outside the church).
A video like this will hopefully show people the real side of its membership and
not the exaggerated and skewed ones shown on a variety of Cable Channels every
week whose only desire is for viewers, and the way to get viewers is through
controversy. A video like this can hopefully educate and enlighten
the world and show them that we don't have horns (something believed not
long ago) we don't dress like we're in the 1800's and we
aren't like those portrayed in an un-named musical that has done its best
to blaspheme one portion of our beloved scripture and beliefs.
Rated PG - gotta love it…
Sounds interesting. Looking forward to seeing this documentary and the different
people involved and their stories.
Fantastic. The film is being released on the 42nd anniversary of our marriage in
the Salt Lake Temple. What a great anniversary gift!
Wonderful film. Great and inspiring introduction to Mormon life and the
diversity of Church members.
I am very excited to see something so dear to me represented so well. I hope
people will be inspired to be better people when they see this film.