The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon satires the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many members of the Mormon community have reacted negatively to the irreverent representation of their faith. Many churchgoers have expressed their honest opinions of the show, some extremely negative, and others exactly neutral.
Many people of faith encourage others to see the show because the show actually does relatively adhere to some of the articles of faith in the actual Book of Mormon. Others advise against seeing it because it’s main message is not to come to Jesus, but to laugh at him
The play revolves around a pair of missionary boys who are sent to Uganda to spread the word of their lord, Jesus Christ to the local villagers. They discover poverty, violence, and infection instead of a group of willing converts. The missionaries learn to ‘turn off’ their feelings about their new surroundings, but other missionaries who have been there longer tell them that there is next to no hope for converting anyone. One of the boys attempts to accomplish the impossible on his own and ends up being interrupted by a violent local chief. When a villager protests him, the chief executes him on the spot, covering the missionary with blood. One villager is touched by the words of the missionaries and begins to dream of an unearthly paradise. After many mishaps with missionary boards and villagers, it comes to light that, while the words in the book are good, maybe it is good enough to just have faith.