I think the church misses the point. Sure, they've always got a laundry list of
good things they do, but that wasn't and isn't the point of the broadway
musical. They've got a powerful PR machine (witness this letter) that makes sure
they're heard. And, in a larger world, all these 'good' activities aside, they
say and do things that are peculiar, weird or ruffle feathers. So they shouldn't
be surprised if popular culture takes advantage of it from time to time.
I would say Mormon missionaries are as sophisticated as any 19 year olds
anywhere. They may have less experience with grinding poverty than some. I
suspect few Mormons will bother to see this production and in fact very few
Excellent article by Michael Otterson. It is much more comprehensive than
Brooks'To Hutterite: what point does the Church miss? Fitting in or being
like the rest of the world? I agree with that. Its purpose is to bring all men
to Christ. Coming unto Christ requires resisting desires that prevent us from
from coming unto him.Yes, the Church has ability to be heard. It helps us
in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ! ,as all must here it and be able to
choose to follow its message. As such, yes, we describe ourselves as
peculiar. And anyone studying church history knows of the persecution we have
endured. We are used to being peculiar.
Fantastic article, Brother Otterson! I whole-heartedly agree that for most of
us, this whole episode has been and will continue to be met with shrugs. We
have much more important things to do than wring our hands over such nonsense!
Broadway (and Hollywood, for that matter) will continue to demean and devalue
the work we do (probably for years to come) because it has always been in the
nature of those who do not understand or value goodness to discredit it if they
can. This is one way they try to justify their own choices. But, they have
failed (again) and will continue to fail because we do the work of the Lord and
nothing can stand in the way of His work.
So, there's a Broadway musical mocking the Church?-- Shrug --
I believe that this is the definitive response to the "controversy"
that has arisen over this play. It is a controversy that swirls in the media
and does not, and needs not influence believing LDS members in any way, since it
is factually inaccurate, as has been skillfully illustrated in this statement.