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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 1:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Oct. 17 2014 2:03 p.m. MDT

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skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

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.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

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.

taatmk
West Jordan, UT

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.

gittalopctbi
Glendale, AZ

@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 see it.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ 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 deal.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

@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).

Goddess Divine
Orem, UT

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.

ConWar
Phoenix/USA, AZ

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".

taatmk
West Jordan, UT

@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.

hockeymom
Highland, UT

@ ConWar

I 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.

bigirish
OREM, UT

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.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Jared
NotInMiami, FL

@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 commercial showings.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@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."

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Large corporate entities almost always produce promotional material.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

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.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

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 isn't.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

The Lord's Church:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Nickname given: Mormons

We 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.

Malihini
Northern, UT

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.

Irishrose
Silverdale, WA

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.

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