"The Last Temptation of Christ," the controversial new movie that has drawn criticism from religious leaders throughout the country, will open at a Salt Lake theater on Friday.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stated that the movie is not the story of Jesus Christ and encouraged people "to shun those things that detract from the dignity and spirit of his divine mission."Wm. James Mortimer, publisher of the Deseret News, said Wednesday that "after very careful consideration, I have concluded that it is not appropriate for the Deseret News to be part of the advertising promotion of the new movie, `The Last Temptation of Christ.'

"Information available to me about the content of the film indicates that it trivializes the message and mission of Jesus Christ. Those things that demean Deity are best omitted from the Deseret News."