NBC takes inside look at 'Mormons in America'


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  • cambodia girl Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Aug. 24, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    As a woman in the LDS church, I get tired of being represented by "feminists" (Joanna Brooks?) and those who are on the fringe (Abby Huntsman). Out of millions of faithful women who are grateful for their membership in the church, their role in life as a daughter of God, supportive of the Priesthood leaders in their home and in the church and the blessings that have come to them by following the commandments, NBC surely could have found others who have been a better representations of a TRUE mormon woman.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 24, 2012 12:05 p.m.

    I think the idea was to present a crosscut of Mormons to represent us more fully instead of reducing us to a droll stereotype as we often were in the past. We're individuals in an America in which the right to dissent is supposed to be a bedrock principle. The hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil Mormon image we often wish to project is not credible. We have the same flaws and diverse views that a free people should have. All in all, I think NBC handled Mormonism with painstaking sensitivity. Let's not nitpick.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 24, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    "NBC surely could have found others who have been a better representations of a TRUE mormon woman."

    Pretty sure that they did that.

    Seriously? You are complaining about that piece?
    I thought it was a fair and reasonable insight into the LDS Church.

    Remember, this was not a Church produced segment.

    How much more favorable coverage do you want?

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 24, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    Take a look at KSL.com comment site for a large variety of diverse opinions on "Mormons In America". You ALL, most likely, will find what you are looking for on this site. Love that diversity!

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 24, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    As a woman in the LDS church, I get tired of the notion that there is a true Mormon woman.

    Everybody has different experiences and paths in life. We can all grow and benefit from the diversity in our world. We should be open to those who want to share their stories. If the church is only available and welcoming to a narrow segment that will embrace all its programs without questions and all the common viewpoints of its politically conservative populace then it risks becoming an ugly shadow of itself. There was no greater non-traditionalist than Jesus Christ himself. The great minds in history dared to challenge the status quo and moved people beyond boundaries to form a new nation, to give voting/civil rights to women and minorities etc.

    I think Abby Huntsman spoke well. She simply and concisely shared her personal story of disaffection but didn't go further to trash the church as a whole. I appreciated the diversity of Mormons represented in the program. Jesus welcomed all. The church is not a country club for saints, but a hospital for sinners. Love should radiate in our church, not judgmentalism.

  • Wyominguy Buffalo, WY
    Aug. 24, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Welcome to the mainstream media world!

    In my view NBC did well, its important to remember all media feels compelled to show an opposing view when possible and NBC did that in a very reasonable way. I can understand how the family might have expected ( hoped for) a different and more home focused view however I feel the NBC team did well and the average non member viewer has learned positive things about the faith. To confirm my opinion of the segment and the positive view it portrayed, my Father, who is not a member just emailed me and felt it was Excellent. * Im relieved ... :)

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 24, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    I had no problem Joanna Brooks. I thought she represented herself very well and don't have a problem with members who have questions or concerns. Blind obedience is, in my opinion, not a good thing. In fact I think it can be very harmful when the "storms" hit if you haven't learned to stand on your own two feet and testimony. The thing we all ultimately need to understand and remember is that God is in control and we have to be subservient to his wishes.

    The problem with Ms. Huntsman is twofold: 1) she got way too much air time, in my opinion and 2) placed way too much blame on her bishop. I have had issues with a bishop and a stake president and could have become very negative and left the Church; but didn't. We all need to remember that although local authorities try to do their best, they are not infallable. Ultimately our faith must be in the Savior and we need to conduct our lives accordingly.

    My only other issue with the broadcast was displaying the garments. I thought that was way out of line and extremely distasteful.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 24, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    I'm generally a little hostile towards the religion after my experiences but thought NBC was very fair, balanced, and I left the program with a positive image of the faith. They probably helped Romney with this one.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Aug. 24, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    I enjoyed the show. After hearing in the opening/introduction that there was and army set to protect us, I was eager to hear about it. Yesterday I expressed disappointment that I was not asked to participate but since I am a nobody it would have been a miracle if NBC had sought me out.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Aug. 24, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    I watched it and it was good for the most part. Didn't like them showing the garments and I thought they kind of spent to much time with abby huntsman. We may not always agree with church leaders but the thing that is of the utmostomportance is our relationshipwith the savior.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 24, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    Sorry NBC, a missionary minded church IS not a secretive church; it is the exact opposite. First step in entering the temple is to believe in the New Testament which is a difficult first step for media, power and universities on both coasts.

  • Vernal Mom Vernal, UT
    Aug. 25, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Agreed....Cambodia girl and others! Abby Huntsman got way too much air time. Why not ask Elder Snow some of the questions he asked her? She was not the person to answer the kind of questions so many wanted to hear. The family from Lehi was edited way too much. What a strong family, I enjoyed them!

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    Showing the fringe is fine for context - but when you do it to the exclusion of the core or the mode, it is not particularly honest

    Abby Huntsman is not very representative of anything coherent

    And I find it telling that those from out of town who log onto this site merely to criticize SLC locals and admit they are "hostile towards the religion" are the ones who think that "NBC was very fair"