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When Jonathan Jordan gets divorced he's thrust back into the world of being a single Mormon - a world who's ultimate goal is eternal marriage. Struggling to fit in, Jonathan decides to stop going to church only to be pursued by the members of the local singles ward who want to reactivate him. Nothing works until Jonathan falls for Cammie Giles, the ward activities director. Suddenly, going to church becomes much more appealing. But is he going for the right reasons? Written by
PLEASE spend your talents doing something that will actually do some GOOD for the Church.
Seeking comedic entertainment derived from "Mormon Culture" does nothing good to the world in broad perspective. Just think about it.
The small LDS population of the world might find a chuckle or two in projects such as this, but it makes the rest of the world wonder if "Mormonism" should even be taken seriously if its members are making a comedic genre of their own religion. Comedic or not, there's a reason why Moroni action-figures and Bishop-Playing-Cards are independently retailed (only in Utah), and NOT approved by the church.
Finding humor in our every day "religious" lives is great. In fact it's fantastic. But marketing them inappropriately with the expense of "Mormonism" is not only premature, but overly pretentious. Now please don't get me wrong, I'm not offended by any of this. I'm just embarrassed.
If you're LDS, that's fine, go watch the film, have a few laughs. There might even be a message or two to justify the sub-plot. But step out of your shoes and just think for a minute. That's all I ask. If you were not a member of the LDS church actually seeking to change your life, would this "Mormon-based" film produced by the very Mormons themselves actually encourage you to take its teachings seriously? If I were not a member of the church I would be the first one making fun of these "Mormon-based" films, not to mention having any respect for its belief system. Even if I were a member. Would the Chilean church members who save up a month's salary to travel 15 hours by bus to go to the temple in Brazil for the first time in their lives actually find this film amusing? Or would the thousands of pioneers who died in the snow to establish this church years ago appreciate this comedic venture? Sure these films are all in good fun, I suppose, but at whose expense?
It's this biased, narrow-minded Happy Valley view of the world that makes me embarrassed sometimes to be LDS. Where's the respect?
Am I being uptight? In an LDS perspective, I probably am. In the world perspective, I'm only being logical. The LDS church was never meant to be a parcel of man-made "genres" of any kind. I will only change my opinion the day the Church decides to fund these films and starts putting the church name (title/logo) on its covers.
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