Australian media, LDS Church members react to 'The Book of Mormon' musical opening in Melbourne

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  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    Feb. 19, 2017 9:55 a.m.

    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.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2017 3:54 p.m.

    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.

  • KevinSim Springville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2017 3:50 p.m.

    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?

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 15, 2017 12:24 a.m.

    @pac12champ:
    Thank you. We aren't perfect...we are trying!
    @mhenshaw
    you nailed it!

  • 2close2call Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 14, 2017 10:51 p.m.

    "“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.

  • Pac 12 Champion Utah Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2017 1:04 p.m.

    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!

  • NoCoolName_Tom Lafayette, CA
    Feb. 13, 2017 11:19 p.m.

    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 jabs.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2017 5:47 p.m.

    It's a really funny show. I'm sure it will fit well with Australian humour.

  • mhenshaw Leesburg, VA
    Feb. 13, 2017 5:45 p.m.

    >>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.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2017 5:17 p.m.

    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

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2017 3:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2017 2:34 p.m.

    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.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 13, 2017 1:18 p.m.

    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.