The Mormons (miniseries)
The Mormons is a four hour PBS documentary about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The production originally aired in two-hour segments on April 30 and May 1, 2007. It was produced by Helen Whitney, and was the first joint production of Frontline and American Experience.
The first segment is about the History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It deals with the story of Joseph Smith. The First Vision is told and after that the visit of the Angel Moroni who gave him the Golden Plates, from which the Book of Mormon is said to be translated. Then the topic of Anti-Mormonism is brought up, followed by a episode about Mormonism and polygamy and the Mountain Meadows massacre.
The second segment is about the contemporary LDS church. It shows the Mormon missionaries. Followed by the September Six and a discussion of Homosexuality and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the end, the topics of Mormonism and women and the change of onself through a mission are discussed.
The New York Times said about the documentary: "Yet the portrait of the modern-day church, which the program says has 12 million members worldwide, is compelling nonetheless." On the other hand, The Boston Globe criticised the documentary: "The Mormons brims with informed talking heads -- church historians, journalists, church elders, and a constellation of happy Mormons. It would have helped to identify Mormon from non-Mormon but never mind. Mitt Romney appears briefly in a film clip but is never heard from; according to PBS, he declined to participate." Reuters however said: "If there is a weak point to this hugely informative and watchable series, it may be the amount of time allocated in the second night to the practice of Mormon missions and the church's heavy-handed approach to critics. Regardless, this is a brilliant work on a engaging topic." The Nation was also dissapointed by this documentary.
- Latter Day Saints in popular culture
- Public relations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Official website of The Mormons documentary
- Helen Whitney (December 2007). "The Making of the Mormons: My Four Years as a Stranger in the Strange Land of Mormonism," Sunstone pp. 32-43
- Mormon Documentary Response by Richard E. Bennett in Mormon Historic Sites Foundation
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