LDS Church is smart to reach out to 'Book of Mormon' musical audiences, priest says

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  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 21, 2013 2:02 p.m.


    What do you mean when you say, "Being a dramatic theater major says it all"?

    LDS authorities don't, and as far as I know never have, interfered with the rights of others to distribute their religious literature.

    I think what the LDS missionaries in the theater district are doing differs from what the people handing out literature near LDS temple open-houses, in at least one significant way: The missionaries aren't handing out material that denigrates the musical or slanders its creators with dubious historical claims and outright lies. They're just teaching their own beliefs.

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    May 20, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Friend of mine joined the Church after attending anti-Mormon lectures. I went with him to one. My testimony grew after visiting all the anti-Mormon websites I could find as I taught D&C 4 yrs ago. Truth will always prevail.

  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    May 18, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    (Being a dramatic theater major says it all...)

    Is there a spirit of equality here? Are all LDS here also fine with allowing evangelicals to pass out their materials at Hill Cumorah pageants and temple dedications?

    How happy I am that Bible-believing Christians insisted on their rights to distribute Biblical pamphlets outside of a LDS temple open house. I grabbed one just to refute it and it lead me to deeply resesrch my denomination of 6-generations of heritage. I would never have investigated my own history or delved into the Bible otherwise.

    The joy goes both ways.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    JohnJacob, does that apply to sports articles as well? Just curious.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    May 17, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Brigham Young: "Every time anyone tries to kick Mormonism down to hell, all they do is kick it up closer to Heaven."


  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    May 17, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    That's got to make the South Park creators ecstatic knowing they are tools in the conversion process and helping to bring souls unto Christ.

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    May 17, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    What's interesting is that the play is having more of a positive effect upon the church than the negative one that the writers mostly likely intended it to have. It's also interesting how the play hit the headlines about the time the Mitt Romney ran for President. There are many things happening that are helping to bring the Church into the limelight. Now, it's the responsibility of the members to open their mouths and talk with their neighbors about their perceptions.

  • TA1 Alexandria, VA
    May 17, 2013 5:20 a.m.

    In their own way, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have likely done more for the LDS Church than many of our "well intentioned" members have, both in the Book Of Mormon musical and also South Park.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    May 17, 2013 12:21 a.m.

    The LDS Church was very wise to not protest this and encouraged the membership to live as examples. I never protested of vilified this musical. I knew that some who went to watch it would question and ponder what really goes on in the LDS Church. Now some have found the joy the Gospel brings. I would encourage my fellow LDS to continue to live as examples of love and charity as the Savior has taught us.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    May 17, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    It sets a high standard for other faiths to follow - turning the other cheek, etc. In at least 57 countries, these actors would get the death penalty for mocking the majority faith in those countries. Yes, some cultures are more enlightened than others, and this is proof. Many of us were led to investigate the Church due to anti-Mormon propaganda.

  • Captain Green Heber City, UT
    May 17, 2013 12:08 a.m.

    Brigham Young once said whenever the Mormons got kicked it only kicked them "up" the stairs a little farther. I was the Bishop for 4 years of Mid and Lower Manhattan which included all of Broadway. And even with the questionable elements of the artsy community there, many good things happened. We were actually quite well received in the community. When we broke ground for the construction of the Harlem Chapel, Manhattan Borough President, Virginia Field, attended the ceremony. We had virtually no protests over that chapel, the Upper East Side building construction, the Union Square chapel construction, or the Temple renovation construction across from Lincoln Center. Even the New York Times gave us some good coverage occasionally! There was a lot of curiosity generated over the massive expansion of the LDS Church in The City. And there are many very sharp members who reside there... setting a wonderful example for the whole world to see.

  • Rick2009 MESA, AZ
    May 16, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    This ismaybe why the church leaders just let the play run its course without pursuing any legal action. I do not know if they could anyways but wow, the good will coming from the LDS church and allowing people to exercise their moral agency. This is exactly what the church teaches: teach correct principles and let the people choose what they are going to do. It really makes some of the pundits on TV look foolish now I think, when I think of their comments when the play started.

    Way to go elders, keep up the good work.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    A silent film about Mormons kidnapping girls in England and taking them to Utah played in London in the early part of the 20th century. I think it was called "Trapped By The Mormons." The missionaries actually had the courage to stand out front of the theatre and hand out tracts.

    These missionaries have the same courage and, you know, it just might prove fruitful. I believe we will start to see a lot of people coming into the Church as a result of this musical. God works in mysterious ways.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    May 16, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Great story. It is a little intriguing that an Episcopal priest would go to a show with "a liberal dose of cursing and reference to sexual body parts". I wonder if she was going to be entertained, learn more about Mormons, or simply find an interesting storyline for her Huffington Post blog.

  • fourfunsons Calgary, 00
    May 16, 2013 4:20 p.m.

    Such a cute, happy story. Thanks!