Mormon Observations on “The Book of Mormon” the Musical – I Believe

For a list of all the posts in this series, see here.

Background

Elder Price wakes up from his nightmare and realizes that he was wrong. As he recommits to his missionary service, Elder Cunningham arrives and announces 10 Africans interested in the Church. He’s still hurt by Elder Price’s abandonment, and is unwilling to let Elder Price back in. Elder Price, inspired by the success around him, sets off on the mission he was born to complete – he goes to meet the warlord, determined to convert him with The Book of Mormon.

Full Lyrics – “I Believe”

Ever since I was a child I tried to be the best
So, what happened?
My family and friends all said I was blessed
So, what happened?
It was supposed to be all so exciting to be teaching of Christ ‘cross the sea
But I allowed my faith to be shaken; oh, what’s the matter with me?

I’ve always longed to help the needy, to do the things I never dared
This was the time for me to step up; so, then, why was I so scared?

A warlord who shoots people in the face – what’s so scary about that?
I must trust that my Lord is mightier and always has my back.
Now I must be completely devout
I can’t have even one shred of doubt

I believe that the Lord God created the universe
I believe that He sent His only Son to die for my sins
And I believe that ancient Jews built boats and sailed to America
I am a Mormon, and a Mormon just believes

You cannot just believe part way; you have to believe in it all
My problem was doubting the Lord’s will instead of standing tall

I can’t allow myself to have any doubt; it’s time to set my worries free.
Time to show the world what Elder Price is about and share the power inside of me

I believe that God has a plan for all of us
I believe that plan involves me getting my own planet
And I believe that the current President of the Church, Thomas Monson, speaks directly to God
I am a Mormon, and, dang it, a Mormon just believes

I know that I must go and do the things my God commands
I realize now why He sent me here
If you ask the Lord in faith, He will always answer you
Just believe in Him and have no fear!

Guard: General, we have an intruder. He just walked right into camp!

I believe that Satan has a hold of you
I believe that the Lord God has sent me here
And I believe that in 1978, God changed his mind about black people!
You can be a Mormon, a Mormon who just believes!

Warlord: What the **** is this?

And now I can feel the excitement; this is the moment I was born to do
And I feel so incredible to be sharing my faith with you

The scriptures say that if you ask in faith, if you ask God Himself, he’ll know
But you must ask Him without any doubt and let your spirit grow

I believe that God lives on a planet called Kolob
I believe that Jesus has his own planet as well
And I believe that the Garden of Eden was in Jackson County, Missouri
If you believe, the Lord will reveal it
And you’ll know it’s all true, you’ll just feel it
You’ll be a Mormon, and, by gosh, a Mormon just believes!
Oh, I believe.
I believe.

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