For many, the parody musical will be the only exposure they have to the story of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At press time, we have not seen the musical, but from the reviews we've read, it appears that there is very little mentioned at all about the Book of Mormon, and that what is mentioned is, parody aside, rather inaccurate.
The story line of the musical never does its namesake any justice at all.
For example, did you know the following about the various books contained in the Book of Mormon?
First and Second Nephi are ALL about family ties and the behaviors and consequences of family living, especially within the context of God's will for families.
- distinguishing between truth and error
- avoiding bringing negative consequences upon oneself through rebellion against God
- how to share the Gospel with others in a way in which they will most likely respond positively
- on which criteria mankind will be judged
- why bad things happen to good people
- why good things happen to good people
- why good things happen to bad people
- the beauty of suddenly having religious freedom when none existed prior
- the horror of losing religious freedom when once enjoyed
- why repentance is necessary, and how to do it
- why the philosophies of the world are bankrupt and without foundation
- what the purpose of the Law of Moses was (to point to Christ)
- why bridling your passions is a Godly thing to do
- who are we
- why are we here
- what happens after we die
- how it's possible to fight a defensive war in a way that God finds acceptable (not appealing, just acceptable) in the event that no other option is available
- why kings are always problematic in the governance of a nation
- why division and contention is always problematic in the preservation of freedom
So, to everyone who has watched or will watch the musical, we encourage you to obtain a more balanced view of the musical's ridiculed namesake by taking the time to actually read the book. You won't regret it if you approach your reading with an open mind and a sincere desire to know if it contains truth.