The Book of Mormon: Ringing Doorbells and Knocking on Doors

Hello! My Name is Elder Price And I would like to share with you The most amazing book

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This book will change your life! This book will change your life!

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The book of Mormon!


The song “Hello!” starts the London production of The Book of Mormon, currently playing at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with a short lived bang. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the hit Broadway comedy displays racial and religious stereotypes. The problematic characterisation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Ugandan people becomes a prominent feature in the storyline about two Mormon boys on their mission.


The mission is a two year endeavour partaken by young adults to share the faith in an assigned location. Elder Price and Elder Cunningham are sent on a mission to a remote village in Uganda with the naive expectations of Africa being “like the Lion King.” However, local people curse God — repeating the phrase “Hasa Diga Eebowai” — due to problems like HIV/AIDS, warlords, genital mutilation and famine. The play uses racial stereotypes about Africa, as well as characterises the local people as childish and naive. The pair of boys meet other local missionaries who use “a cool little Mormon trick” to turn off negative and upsetting emotions like homosexual orientations and domestic violence. Price and Cunningham are depicted as American colonists and Christian saviours that will bring God to save the Ugandans and succeed in converting someone. The arrogant Price tries to convince the locals by singing about John Smith, the "All-American Prophet.” As time unfolds, Price abandons his mission and his companion for Orlando. Meanwhile, Cunningham, an insecure and compulsive liar, alters the parables from the Book of Mormon to connect with the difficulties faced by the local population.

The depiction of religious faith in Broadway musicals and Hollywood often walks the fine line between blasphemy and holy. Entertainment often employs comedic devices such as stereotypes, taboos, and mistaken identity to provoke amusement and laughter. The choice of language and misrepresentation of the sacred practices and beliefs blurs the distinction between fiction and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints think of the Broadway hit? The official response on the musical from the Church in November 2012 states: “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.” The public fixates on controversy, therefore, any critical statement would only fuel the fire by attracting a wider audience. The response issued by the Church deliberately emphasises the mission of restoring man’s relationship with God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not the only division of