Lot 48: meet the Mormons

November 8, 2014

meet the Mormons

hi, my name is lauren and i'm a Mormon.  there are a lot of misconceptions about my faith and a lot of people don't know too much about what we believe.  most people get their information from the media, which is oftentimes false.  for instance, we don't have multiple wives; we stopped practicing that loooooong ago.  also, we don't have horns, celebrate a different Christmas than other Christians, or are racist.  

luckily, our church has killer PR.  the film "meet the Mormons" was released into theaters mid-october and i finally got around to seeing it yesterday. it was absolutely incredible.  it was funny, entertaining, and oh so very spiritual.  i cried through most of it.  i get goosebumps and almost start crying again just by watching the trailer.  i already want to see it again.
the film follows the lives of six Mormons from all over the world and in all different situations.  it shows that Mormons come in all kinds and live in all different kinds of cultures.  
my favorite part was the beginning, when the narrator asked strangers in times square what they knew about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  the answers were pretty funny, like "those are the seven day Adventists, right?" but mostly, people said "uhhh...." as people don't know us by our correct name. once the narrator said, "the Church has a nickname: Mormon."  then people started unanimously saying "they don't drink" and a few said other answers like "they don't dance, right?"  
during this part of the film, they also showed clips from movies and tv that referenced us. they incldued leap day episode of 30 rock when jack says "my assistant has the day off.  he's a Mormon, and you know how they are about leap day" and the clip in burn after reading where john malkovich says "you're Mormon! next to you, everyone has a drinking problem!" and the clip from south park where it is orientation in hell and everyone is asking why they are there because "i was catholic!" or "i was jewish!" and they say, "no you weren't with the right religion, the right religion would be the Mormons."  (the only part they show of that clip is everyone saying "Mormons" in unison. i only know the context of that scene because taran filled me in as he has seen that episode).  i loved that they included those clips of people poking fun at us.  it showed that we are cool with it, because a lot of these jokes stem from people not knowing what we believe.
i love this gospel so much, more than anything in the world.  i am so grateful to be Mormon.  there is literally nothing in this universe more important to me than my relationship with Heavenly Father and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  i would be nothing without Him.  i have a such a strong testimony of this Church, and as the gospel it teaches.  i am so lucky to have been raised in the gospel, that i have never been without it.  there was a short time in my life when i wasn't living the gospel the best i could, and it was the unhappiest time of my life.  i need this gospel.  i need my Savior.  i need Him.  
if the film is in a theater near you, i strongly urge you to see it, especially if you aren't Mormon. you will by no means be bored.  you will get an accurate understanding of what we believe and who we are.  if it isn't in a theater near you, you can request the film be brought to you.  

i would love to offer to answer any questions you have about Mormons.  i promise i am not here to preach, to judge, to convert you.  no pressure at all, i just want you to know that i am here to answer any questions you might have.  you can comment or email me at lotfortyeight@gmail.com.  
ps. david archuleta is home from his mission and recorded a new song for the film.  it is amazing and i downloaded it immediately.  take a listen! 
 

7 comments:

  1. This is such a great post, Lauren, and why I love blogging because it introduces me to a lot of new things! I did a project on Mormonism in college, and learned a lot about your faith. :)

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  2. I hadn't heard of this film until you mentioned it but it sounds really interesting and informative. I love leaning about other people's beliefs, it seems like a great movie (:

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  3. I definitely agree that the Mormon church has some intense PR. When we went to see The Book of Mormon musical, there were ads for mormon.org in the play bill! I think it said "You've seen the musical, now read the book." At first I was shocked that the church would in any way associate or support the musical, but I did think it was pretty smart.

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  4. I can def relate to the stigma surrounding your religion- I was raised Quaker, and my family is Quaker. People frequently think I'm Amish or look like the guy on the oatmeal box, which is ridiculous. I've aways been intrigued by the Mormon religion since it isn't so common where I'm from (the Northeast), and I've tried to learn a bit about it so I'm really interested in this film. I've always thought it's really important to be aware and knowledgeable about other religions. I look forward to watching it!

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  5. I really want to see this film. I am an Anglican - so I always like to know about how other Christian systems (I am not sure of the term here) work. I wish it was going to be playing in Tallahassee, I checked that link and didn't see it. However, maybe it will get on netflix or at Redbox. If it does, I am for sure watching it.

    Thank you for being so open about your faith - a lot of people are scared to do that. I respect you a lot for this post!

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  6. I haven't had time to see the movie. I'll be sure to check it out when it hits DVD, which will hopefully be soon!

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