With today being the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormons), I thought I’d feature a movie specifically about my faith.
Produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and commissioned by the First Presidency (highest governing body in the Church), Meet the Mormons was so successful with test audiences that they decided to release it in theaters (including Cinemark, AMC, Regal, etc.). Net proceeds from this film (now on Netflix, BTW) were donated to the American Red Cross.
Some have called this documentary “Mormon propaganda” so be warned—we are out to brainwash you, steal your children, and make them vote for Mitt Romney in 2016. [high-pitched maniacal laughter ensues]
Actually, when introducing the film, one of the apostles, Jeffrey R. Holland, remarked, “It is an effort to increase understanding, not to proselytize.” So whether this is sinister propaganda or not, if you honestly want to learn about any religion, the best source is the people actively living that religion. And if you don’t know any “Mormons,” this movie is a great way to “meet” some. (Get it? Get the funny joke?)
The featured song behind Meet the Mormons is performed by David Archuleta, a Mormon who rose to fame as a finalist on American Idol. The D-man and I are practically best friends because my wife was one of his back-up dancers when he performed at the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas concert.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Alfie Boe, the guy from Les Miserables in Concert, actually guest starred at that same Christmas concert a few years later. Naturally, I wrote him in advance asking if I could be HIS back-up dancer, but apparently he didn’t have a need for the Macarena during “Bring Him Home.”
Meet the Mormons really is the most authentic, up-to-date documentary you’ll ever see on Latter-day Saints because it focuses on six real-life people and how their beliefs naturally weave into the lives they lead.
The takeaway I had from this film was that we all have our own unique contributions to this world. As we develop our God-given gifts to bless the lives of others, we will be lead on a specific, customized path to building the kingdom of God, and we will make this world a better place for people of all faiths.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” — Matthew 7:20