Mormon Observations on “The Book of Mormon” the Musical – Man Up

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Go back to “Man Up”.

The Atonement
“No, Jesus dug down deep, knowing what he had to do
When faced with his own death, Jesus knew that he had to man up.”

Much like the songs “You and Me (But Mostly Me)” and “Sal Tlay Ka Siti”, there is not much in this song that needs responding to.

Still, this song treats very irreverently the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and that sacrifice is not something to take lightly. The Lord himself says,

“Therefore I command you to repent…. For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

“But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:15-18).

The Lord suffered these great pains, made this great sacrifice, in order to provide salvation to all those who accept him. That incredible act of love should be treated with the greatest reverence and respect. That love and respect will then lead us to make greater efforts in following the Savior – of that, Elder Cunningham was correct. Truly understanding the sacrifice of Jesus Christ gives us the power to “man up” and face the challenges we face. Having a testimony of the atonement is what is necessary to plant our seed in good, fertile ground (see Matthew 13).

Alma taught of the Savior,

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

“Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

“Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness” (Alma 7:11-14).

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