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.
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.
"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
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!
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.
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 ... :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 honestAbby Huntsman is
not very representative of anything coherentAnd 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"