The play is infinitely funnier than the book IMHO. See both and decide for
yourself. Spoiler alert... the Lamanites win the war in the Book version.
Skeptic posted:=The church needs needs to open up its files and
history to honesty and full=disclosure. That is the only way to win the
battle. With today's fast growing=access to truth and information the
church can't stay in the closet of=misinformation.I'm with Yorkshire and Mhenshaw on this Skeptic post. Complaints by
critics that the Church "needs to open up its files and history" are
quickly becoming irrelevant.
2close2call posted:=I suppose that is one method to use to try to
replace the LDS members you have=lost because of the musical. Will it
work? Time will tell.2close2call, just how many members has the LDS
Church "lost because of the musical"? And how did you go about
determining that it lost them because of it?
@pac12champ:Thank you. We aren't perfect...we are trying!@mhenshawyou nailed it!
"“The Book of Mormon” pokes fun at Mormon missionaries, but with
the LDS Church's decision to launch media campaigns with phrases like,
“You’ve seen the play, now read the book” in public areas,
members are given opportunities to easily talk about the gospel."I suppose that is one method to use to try to replace the LDS members you have
lost because of the musical. Will it work? Time will tell.
I'm not LDS but I've been so impressed by how the Mormons have handled
their reactions to this play, which mocks issues they consider sacred.Can you imagine the outcry from Muslims and hypocrite liberals if someone
wrote a satire mocking the Quran?And can you imagine the threats(and
likely actions) of violence against those participating?I have yet
to hear of a single recorded threat of violence from any Mormon, anywhere.Muslims would be wise to learn from the example of the Mormons on how to
act when offended.Thanks Mormons - you are great examples indeed!
I wish them luck, but their attempts to proselytize from the play have, to my
knowledge, only resulted in one short-lived conversion (there may be more but
judging from the attention the one received I'd have expected similar
attention to any other instances). The play is rude, obnoxious, funny, and
surprisingly deep for what is a play about a couple of stereotypes sent to
preach to a tribe of stereotypes. But one you get past that, the play has some
surprisingly kind things to say about the positive role of faith in public life,
even if its a faith that most people find difficult to take seriously or
doesn't always have good answers to the pressing questions of the immediate
present. It really is a nice play to Mormons, underneath the crudeness and
It's a really funny show. I'm sure it will fit well with Australian
>>The church needs needs to open up its files and history to honesty and
full disclosure.Your statement appears based on two assumptions that
I reject. The first is that the church is being dishonest about its history and
covering up documents damaging to the version of its history that it presents to
the world. Such projects as the Church's recent essays about polygamy and
the ongoing publication of the Joseph Smith papers disprove that assertion. The
Church is working very hard to be open about its history, now more than ever.The second assumption is that critics will give the Church a fair shake.
Critics aren't interested in "honesty and full disclosure." They
will refuse to accept that the Church is being honest and not covering up
something unless the Church releases evidence that confirms their pre-existing
beliefs (i.e. that Joseph Smith was a fraud, the Book of Mormon is a fiction,
and the Church is a big scam).The Church is making great efforts to
open up its history to the world, but not out of any misguided attempt to
placate its critics.
skeptic said: "The church needs needs to open up its files and history to
honesty and full disclosure. That is the only way to win the battle."What battle is that??The battle to not be mocked?? Somehow, I don't think the Church "opening up its files" would
have changed the minds of the writers of this musical-- to suddenly recognize it
was crass and insulting to mock the Mormons
The church needs needs to open up its files and history to honesty and full
disclosure. That is the only way to win the battle. With today's fast
growing access to truth and information the church can't stay in the closet
From article: "The Book of Mormon" pokes fun at Mormon missionaries.Let's be honest, shall we?It does not 'poke
fun'.With undisguised snark and rudeness it MOCKS missionaries.And LDS. And Africans.
This was a fun article to read. It helps me see how we can shape our own
values, without letting others get us off track.