A new play is set to open on Broadway in a few weeks, written by the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Broadway musician Robert Lopez has also contributed.
Some Mormons will probably be upset by this play, but it’s not the first time — nor will it be the last — when someone will poke fun at or create entertainment about Mormonism.
We liked the Church’s simple response to it all.
The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.
We also call your attention to the Newsroom article, The Publicity Dilemma, that talks about the Church’s perspective on things like this play, or other news or entertainment that treats our beliefs in casual, if not sometimes disrespectful, ways. This article came out when Big Love (an HBO show depicting a polygamous family) depicted sacred Mormon temple ceremonies for purposes of entertainment. Not only was this violating something that is sacred to Mormons, but it also added to the confusion about whether Mormons practice polygamy (we don’t).
We encourage Church members to read the Newsroom article, which is a great reminder to us that we need not let things like this show detract us from our efforts to try to live and share our beliefs.
And we encourage people who really wonder what The Book of Mormon is all about to take a look at what it teaches, or ask a Mormon what it means to us (or read what Mormons have to say about how The Book of Mormon has influenced their lives). At the very least, we hope you won’t rely on media or entertainment to understand what Mormon life and beliefs are all about.
Feel free to ask us questions in the comments section below, or send us an email at gmail, with username ‘mormonwomen’ or ‘mormonwoman’