Meet the Mormons. You may be surprised by how much we have in common.
Over the weekend, I attended a special screening of the movie Meet the Mormons before it opened. Last week, I took my husband to see one of the Top 10 movies at the box office.
The popular movie left me feeling unsettled — which, may have been the goal.
The documentary sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints left me feeling motivated, and feeling a part of a worldwide family. It was such a stark difference.
With an average Audience rating of 4 and ½ stars out of 5 on Rotten Tomatoes, thousands of movie-goers have enjoyed the documentary.
You may not believe in God, or share a belief in Jesus Christ. You may be wholly disinterested in Mormonism or religion in general.
While the 6 individuals featured are all Mormons, I found myself connecting with them on a human level.
Who are we? And what defines our decisions in life?
Meet the Mormons speaks to experiences so many of us can relate to.
The desire to know our value in this world, and leave something of value behind.
The desire to eliminate all forms of suffering in the lives of others.
The thrill we feel when we see another triumph.
Our appreciation for good people who are kind to others, especially at great personal risk.
I didn’t love the street quiz “introduction” to the movie. Ultimately, it felt out of place to me. I wish the filmmakers hadn’t felt the need to give screen time to individuals whose conversations about Mormons had seemingly never gone beyond gossip and hearsay.
With the hope that members [Mormons] and non-members alike would see the movie, I didn’t understand why the filmmakers would risk leaving non-member movie-goers feeling represented by the most silly examples of ignorance on the topic.
What is the value in stereotyping the non-members who are stereotyping Mormons?
Thankfully, the rest of the movie makes the awkward introduction forgettable.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is donating all net proceeds from ticket sales to the American Red Cross.
I am grateful to the filmmakers, the generous volunteers, and the many others who organized a special screening at the Jordan Commons Megaplex Theatres for our audience.