The Book of Mormon musical converts
Mixture of true and false
There are many variations of a story in which a lead actor from the Broadway hit musical “The Book of Mormon” was researching his or her role and ended up reading the Book of Mormon, talking to missionaries, and eventually being baptized and converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But is the story true or false?
“The Book of Mormon” musical is a religious satire musical that was created by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The broadway musical is in no way affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). The church released an official statement about the musical which said, “the production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ.” Although the church is not affiliated withthe musical, did it end up becoming a missionary tool?
There are no accounts of any actors or cast members researching their parts and eventually becoming converted and baptized, but there is at least one case where an audience member viewed the musical and then began to research more about Mormons leading to this person being baptized a member.
The convert was Boston resident Liza Morong. She went to the Broadway musical on September 25, 2011. The 21-year-old musical theater major viewed the show about two Mormon missionaries.
“I laughed hysterically the entire show,” Morong said. “I thought, ‘Wow, these people are crazy. They must be brainwashed.'”
Now interested in Mormons, Morong went to the church’s official website to learn more. She found link to speak to online missionaries and clicked it. This, of course, lead to speaking with the missionary, eventually requesting a free copy of the Book of Mormon and having missionaries visit. After more and more contact and discussions with missionaries, Morong was baptized on December 31, 2011.