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Lessons from "The Book of Mormon"

By January 31, 2013

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Ah, The Book of Mormon. It's a Broadway musical perhaps only the creators of South Park and Avenue Q could get away with. Why? Because we expect the outrageous from Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and Robert Lopez. The Book of Mormon fulfills, even surpasses, audience expectations. You want audacity and offensive humor? Buy a ticket to The Book of Mormon. But you might be shocked by the fact that The Book of Mormon is more than just shock humor. (You also might be shocked by the ticket prices, but that's a different story!) Woven through the songs and the story line, this profanity-plastered, blasphemous musical has a kind spirit at its core.

In the opening songs "Hello" and "Two By Two," we meet the two main characters, Elder Price (the ambitious, over confident Mormon missionary) and Elder Cunningham (the not too bright, eager-to-please side kick). When we meet them, and the rest of the idealistic young Mormons we discover a combination of traits found in many Americans: enthusiasm, good will, and a dash of ignorance. They truly believe that by working in pairs, they will be able to spiritually and culturally improve remote parts of the world.

Even when Price and Cunningham discover their LDS mission will lead them to war-torn Uganda, the Mormon duo convince themselves that they will serve as a catalyst for great change. In the song, "You and Me (But Mostly Me)" Elder Price declares, "I'll do something incredible that blows God's freakin' mind!" Price exemplifies the devout belief that an individual who has faith can change the world. Of course, history shows that can certainly happen, but it's a rare event --

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