For folks who are so opposed to "hate", why do I have a feeling people will come out of that movie hating the Mormons?
I'm willing to bet of all the people yelling in the trailer, not a one is LDS. We're just not that kind of people.
I love that they pulled a quote from President Monson: "There can be nothing that can defeat us." Stirs up images of Stalinism, doesn't it?
They had to work hard to extract that one. Here's the full quote from his May 2009 talk, after just telling a story of a woman after World War II who had overcome great difficulty going from East Prussia to West Germany:
"I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us."
Other quotes from the trailer:
"This is how much you make, this is how much we think you can give -- or you might lose your membership."
The horrific implications in this statement are patently false.
"I can't believe that people could hate us this much, they don't even know us."
We don't hate gays. Please read this interview with Elders Oaks and Wickman about our feelings towards them. That's what we believe.
"If God puts in the scriptures that it's a sin to live that lifestyle, then he's not going to have them born this way."
So she's saying homosexuality is hereditary?
Are there any sins that we're not born wanting to commit? Lying, stealing, coveting, etc., are all things we're pretty much born wanting to do. This idea is broken on so many levels.
"Gays interrupt the Mormon plan for heaven."
There is nothing about this sentence that is true. Gays don't interrupt anything, governments do -- if refusing to honor gay marriages is labeled "discrimination", all kinds of bad things happen. The interview linked above has examples where that has already happened.
And "Mormon plan for heaven"? What does that even mean? If I got to plan it I'm pretty sure it would look like a bad copy of Disneyland.
"This is about making a stand for what is right."
Ah, finally some truth!
The story's not over. I'm sailing on a ship where people are happy and generally kind and loving, but we do have to work hard. And people on other ships make fun of us and even think our captain is a deluded dictator. We don't think that... They also think our ship is eventually going to be smashed on the rocks. Really? How do they know? How would I know?
Let's assume that the LDS doctrine is an elaborate series of fabrications created 180 years ago, and that good people filtered out the worst of it years ago and the rest is just normal christianity with some irrelevant stuff bolted to the side. How would you recommend I go about finding the true church, assuming you believe one exists? Or if not, the "right church for me"? How will I know when I've found it?