The world-wide web is replete with misinformation about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the beliefs of its members who are more commonly called Mormons. Ask the average person what they know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Joseph Smith, or the Book of Mormon, and the responses will be similar in many respects, but also uniquely different dependent upon the source of information that a person uses to formulate his or her views and opinions of said topics or Mormonism in general.
Case in point, on Monday, 22 September 2014, social media users who typed “What is Mormonism?” into the Google search engine discovered that the definition clearly misrepresented the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The definition in the top search results actually referred to a definition posted on the Raptureready.com website which states:
“Mormonism is a religion that denies the deity of Jesus Christ. In this religion, He is demoted to being a mere mortal, a true offspring of Elohim and an equal to Lucifer, another of Elohim’s offspring. According to the Mormon doctrine: ‘Every man who reigns in celestial glory is a god to his dominions.’ “
In addition, when the phrase “Is Mormonism a cult?” was searched, the quick answer – which is a small info box generated by Google – displayed the following as the top result
“Yes, Mormonism is a cult, a non-Christian cult because Mormonism denies essential biblical teachings and adds new, false doctrines.”
It is misguided definitions and explanations such as these, along with other misinformation found on the information super highway that gives people a false impression about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its teachings and beliefs, and its members (Mormons) in general. Such definitions have led people to label Mormonism as a cult and to view Mormons in a very negative light. In an effort to give people a true definition of Mormonism, some members of the Church used various social media venues to ask that a correction to the definition be made, while others contacted Google directly using the company’s feedback option. Buzz Feed reported that the company issued an immediate apology and explained that such results are generated automatically, but declined to give any more details about how the quick answer was created or how long it was included in search results. Buzz Feed reported that a website called CARM or Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, which is known to be critical of Mormonism, was used to generate information for the quick answer.
Enter the new documentary produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called “Meet the Mormons” which to date has grossed over $4 million in box office sales since opening on 10 October 2014 in select theaters across the country. It should also be noted that all proceeds from the movie will be donated to the American Red Cross.
Some people may read the title “Meet the Mormons” and immediately envision a media scheme by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to recruit more people into its membership. However, what a viewer will experience from watching the movie is far above any preconceived expectations.
The idea behind “Meet the Mormons” is to give a vast audience an inside look at the lives of ordinary people – people who work for a living, raise families, practice their faith, go to school, and face trials and heartaches in life – ordinary people who just happen to be Mormons.
Throughout the entire movie there is an open invitation to anyone, regardless of faith, denomination, or beliefs, to come and see for themselves what Mormons are really like.
The movie is not preachy, so don’t expect an expanded Sunday sermon. The movie is not riddled with the teaching of gospel doctrines and principles. Instead the movie, through the lives of six ordinary Latter-day Saint families, demonstrates gospel doctrine, gospel principles, and faith in action. It is like sitting down and having a casual conversation with a Mormon about what he or she believes without being preached to.
This is a movie for all people of all faiths, denominations, and backgrounds. I give it a rating of 10 stars and highly recommend that anyone who gets the opportunity, to go and see it.
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