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Sat. Night Live says Mormonism is true.

December 18th, 2011 by Bookslinger

The Jesus character in this Saturday Night Live skit tells the Tim Tebow character that Mormonism is true.

(Hat tip to Eric Nielson of Small and Simple.)

Although the apparent intent is to mock both Tebow’s faith and the LDS church, I say that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Brigham Young said:  “Every time you kick ‘Mormonism’ you kick it upstairs; you never kick it downstairs. The Lord Almighty so orders it.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1941, p. 351.  Or Journal of Discourses 7:145.)

Brigham’s next line in the sermon was pretty good too: “And let me tell you that what our Christian friends are now doing for us makes more for the kingdom of heaven than the Elders could in many years preaching.”

Online Journal of Discourses, JD 7:145


Also Quoted by Carlos E. Asay, Ensign Nov 1981, in a conference talk “Opposition to the Work of God.”

Comments (4)
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December 18th, 2011 17:32:44

Man SL
December 19, 2011

I like Tebow and Mormonism, but I laughed at the sketch.

John Mansfield
December 19, 2011

If the arguments that we’re in a time of cultural stagnation have anything to them, Saturday Night Live’s contintued place in the cultural firmament makes a strong case for it. Most of the cast is younger than the show. It’s nearly 30 years since John Belushi died. It’s also weird that The Simpsons lasted 20 years; that should put it in the class of things it’s supposed to mock.

S.P. Bailey
December 19, 2011

Southpark did it first. The comedy (such as it is) in both this and the Southpark bit depend on tension between the statement (Mormonism is actually true!) and things like (1) the theological respectability/arrogance of majority religions, and (2) the assumption that the audience understands that Mormonism is not only untrue, but preposterous.

Thus, to me, cracks like this are mildly amusing for reasons neither intended by the writer and nor understood by a vast majority of the audience.

December 19, 2011

SPB: I don’t see your (1), but I do see your (2).

I see it more as the writers “sticking it to” gentiles/Protestants/Catholics. They’re making more fun of them than of us, because the statement is voiced by a third party.

BTW, here’s a link to the particular clip in the South Park episode where the cruise director in hell gives “The Mormons” answer:

Some LDS film-maker needs to do a short film on the experiences of various people upon entering the Spirit World. Such as atheists immediately realizing that there is life after death. After all Christopher Hitchens said that he likes surpises.

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