Go West, Young Religion: Mormonism on Exhibit

Posted by Kendall Harmon

For a glimpse of how Mormons see themselves....it’s worth visiting the Church History Museum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here. Created by believers, for believers, the museum shows how close to the center of American life Mormons consider themselves to be.

The gap is enormous between that perspective and the one embedded in the wider culture. The hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon” riotously mocks the church’s doctrine. The high-toned HBO soap “Big Love,” which ended last year, relished the complications of polygamy (once endorsed by the church and long since renounced). Reports of posthumous Mormon baptisms of Holocaust victims have fueled outrage. Accusations of extremism and murder appear in thrillers reaching back to Sherlock Holmes’s first case in “A Study in Scarlet.”

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Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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1. APB wrote:

I recall visiting Temple Square 45+ years ago with my parents.  My strongest recollection is my mother’s comment that if she ever wanted to run an ad campaign or propaganda effort, she knew where to find the best.

April 24, 6:45 pm | [comment link]
2. billqs wrote:

#1 No doubt they have a finely tuned PR machine.  Part of me wonders how much of this “exploration” of Mormonism we would be getting if the Presidential Nominee who was Mormon was a Democrat.

April 25, 9:08 am | [comment link]
3. Mitchell wrote:

I think you would be getting a lot more of it.  I think the group most likely to raise an alarm over the election of a non-Christian President have been largely silenced.

April 25, 5:52 pm | [comment link]

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