Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Main Points of the "Book of Mormon" are OK.

Mrs. G. and I went to see "The Book of Mormon." It is quite funny in the over-the-top way that you would expect from the "South Park" guys who wrote it.  The show is also respectful and even affectionate about Mormons as clean-cut, decent, nice people who want to help everyone.  They are not as respectful of some of esoteric elements of Mormonism, but mostly they just tell them straight and let the audience react.

The main points of the musical are:
a) prophets speak in metaphors; and
b) kind acts are not wrong.

I can't go all the way with them to the actual conclusion of their story, but I can accept these main points.

Oh, and there is a subsidiary point with which I heartily agree: Orlando is not all it's cracked up to be.


plainjane said...

Just a question: As I understand it, the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the LDS feel that Mormon is a disrespectful term. Is this true? Why is it so widely used? My information is from religioustolerance.org

gruntled said...

Like most religious nicknames, if said respectfully, the members accept it and use it. Speaking semi-formally, members of the denomination often say "the LDS church," but I have heard many also use "Mormon" as an alternative.