Monday, June 13, 2011
Book of Mormon Musical
A Latter-Day Saint view of Book of Mormon Musical
I really didn't think much of this musical when it came out. I thought it was interesting that someone would spend 7 years writing and making fun a religion. Not just any religion, but one that was persecuted in its early years and still has many people trying to bring down its doctrine. I guess it is easier to laugh at someone who is different, than to accept them. Of course many just classify this as entertainment. Just as Michael Otterson, the author of the article, stated, I choose much better entertainment than something that has "over-the-top blasphemous and offensive language."
I feel that if we, as a church, responded to everything that makes us look poorly, that is all we would do. Since the earliest days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have had to defend our right to worship, as well as our own lives. So a musical poking fun at our missionaries, our religion, isn't worth making a scene about. We, on the other hand, are taking advantage of this sudden "fame". How many people will now know about Mormons? The Book of Mormon? Missionaries? Whether negative or not, Our nation has been exposed to Mormonism in a big way. One thing that could happen, will happen after seeing this musical or hearing about it by word of mouth, is they will search it. Many will search the teachings, the doctrine out of fascination and curiosity. That is always a good thing. Not that millions will flock to our churches, begging to be baptized, but at least they will have some kind of knowledge of our World. They will see the many good things this church does for millions of people throughout the world. They will know that we are good people, serving God in our way, trying to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Of course I know there are those that will take the negative and run with it.
So for now, I will not grab a picket sign and protest this musical because one way or another, people will hear about Mormonism. When the time comes that we might lose our right to testify of our Church, and worship freely, THEN I will stand up and protest. I will stand for what I know to be truth.
For now, I will stash this musical with all the other media that I will not see or support because it is not "benevolent, virtuous, good report or praiseworthy".