Any other poor bastard out there ever see the film “Passage to Zarahemla”? First of all, one of the worst movies ever seen, secondly, I remember being shocked when I saw it as a fully dedicated Mormon at age 13 by just how ignorant the filmmakers were. The film is centered on two non-Mormon kids who run away to visit their Mormon cousins to escape the foster care system, or some garbage like that. And the first scene the non-Mormon younger brother is alone, packing his things so they can get on the road, a drug dealer immediately climbs into his window with a suitcase of drug money he needs him to hide. No I’m not kidding. I remember thinking even as young as I was that these filmmakers must have never left Utah in their lives, they must have no clue what actual non religious peoples lives are like.
So many Mormons are still like that. Mormon “art” is rife with this blind terror of the world at large, this horrible pessimism that mistrusts anyone not of the faith. My sister once asserted and lamented to me that the average age of children losing their virginity was now 13 (luckily I had looked up that very fact a few days prior and was able to shoot her down, it’s actually about 16 or 17). Mormons for god’s sake, widen your world, educate yourselves. People outside of your happy little righteousness bubble are not so demented, depraved, and depressed as you might think. I know it scares you to learn that happiness really does exist outside of your own existence, but you can’t keep fear-mongering about people and ideas and places you refuse to learn about.