e Choir at Temple Square, formerly known as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Why did the church leaders have to reach a decision on this? Why do they have to give some sort of very lame explanation why some pageants are cancelled? The Mormons have a prophet, so why doesn't God just tell him what to do already.
"Local Church leaders and members are encouraged to focus on gospel learning in their homes and to participate in Sabbath worship and the church’s supporting programs for children, youth, individuals and families," Wednesday's statement said."
This same explanation has been repeated, word for word, many times in the media. I guess this is the Mormons' new scripted answer. You'd thing the Mormon PR experts would come up with something better that that.
"The goal of every activity in the church should be to increase faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to share his gospel message throughout the world."
Does Mormonism and enjoyment have to always be mutually exclusive? Isn't Christ's message: Love?
"Local celebrations of culture and history may be appropriate. Larger productions, such as pageants, are discouraged."
I agree with them. Mormon pageants make me discouraged, too. And bored, hot, and tired.
So, no more "Mormons." And then, one of the pageants getting the ax is the Hill Cumorah pageant, which is entirely about their founding document, the Book of Mormon, at the site of its purported recovery.
What's the over/under on 15 years from now, the Church President, when asked about the divine origins of the Book of Mormon, answering, "I don't know that we ever taught that"?