Posted by: blackfootsmj1 | June 14, 2011

What does the LDS Church say about the Book of Mormon Musical?


The Book of Mormon Musical

Everybody is talking about it. Members have already told me the Musical has won several Tony Awards. Even Newsweek got in on the action with a spoof magazine cover of the Musical Production with Mitt Romney‘s face on it.

Newsweek Cover

But what does the Mormon Church say about the Book of Mormon Musical?

In response to news media requests, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement regarding the Broadway musical entitled The Book of Mormon:

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.

To better understand the context of how the Church responds to situations like this, journalists and others may also want to read a popular article on Newsroom posted in March 2009 called “The Publicity Dilemma.”

See also: On Faith Blog: “Why I Won’t Be Seeing the Book of Mormon Musical”

I don’t think this response could be any better myself. The Musical may popular, but as things are in “pop culture”, this too shall pass. But the Book of Mormon has stood for truth for almost 200 years. In the words of Elder Jeffery R. Holland, in his General Conference Address entitled “Safety for the Soul, he said;

“For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”

I too know the Book of Mormon is true. It has changed my life and provided me with my “own safety for the soul.” The Book of Mormon is true. I obtained that knowby the power of the Holy Ghost. I have received that knowledge independent of any other person. Nothing means more to me than the foundation of my faith I have received that knowledge from God which man cannot give.

The Book of Mormon Musical may entertain its Broadway audience for a night, but the Book of Mormon can change a person for eternity.

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