Mormon Observations on “The Book of Mormon” the Musical – Turn It Off

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Go back to “Turn It Off”.

Blind Faith
“When you start to get confused because of thoughts in your head,
Don’t feel those feelings! Hold them in instead.
Turn it off…

(If you feel the same)
You didn’t pretend hard enough”

This song’s main theme plays on the stereotype that Latter-day Saints suppress doubts or concerns, and “pretend” their way into faithful activity in the Church, or into blissful ignorance. Much like Korihor of old accused, these new detractors tell us that our attitudes are “the effect of a frenzied mind; and this derangement of your minds comes because of the traditions of your fathers, which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so” (Alma 30:16).

Our attitude towards faith could be summarized by N. Eldon Tanner, who said,

“We do not suggest blind obedience, but obedience by faith in those things which may not be fully understood by man’s limited comprehension, but which in the infinite wisdom of God are for man’s benefit and blessing.”

Pretending is neither healthy or wise, and no one rooting themselves in imaginary ground will be able to withstand the hardships borne of being an active follower of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 13:1-23).

To learn more about what LDS leaders have said of blind faith through the years, see here.


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