The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a statement condemning the controversial new movie, "The Last Temptation of Christ."

Richard Lindsay, managing director of the public communications department of the LDS Church issued the following statement Friday:"The film, `The Last Temptation of Christ,' is not the story of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, who in Gethsemane and on Calvary took upon himself the sins of the world, and rose from death with the promise of redemption for all.

"In our view this film trivializes the message and mission of Jesus Christ. We abhor the unconscionable portrayal of Jesus Christ in intimate sexual scenes and as a voyeur. Men and women are left poorer by exposure to the stereotypes the movie portrays.

"As our name implies, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revere Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Having experienced the uplifting power of his spirit, we encourage all people to truly seek the Savior and the eternal truths he taught, and to shun those things that detract from the dignity and spirit of his divine mission."

The movie opened Friday at select theaters across the country but is not currently playing in Utah.