There’s this mormon movie called The Testament that depicts the events before and when Christ appears in the Book of Mormon. It’s a pretty good movie and if you’ve been a member for a while you’ve probably seen it.
However, it is infamous for it’s romantic-subplot, something that is 100% made-up for the movie. Even small children reacts at this.
Now, if you will, imagine the whitest, most heterosexual, forced, woman-with-less-than-one-dimension-to-her, horrifically bad romance that only America could have the stupidity to do.
The creators of this movie looked at the events in the book, oppression of a people, a son who is dangerously close to going the wrong path, natural disasters that’s been prophesied for hundreds of years, the literal coming of Christ who heals people from their afflictions, and decided that the movie wasn’t interesting enough.
Now in MTC, missionary training center, they have ¨movie nights¨ on Sundays. One can either watch talks from apostles and such or a LDS film. A missionary told me yesterday that when they were showing The Testament, the leaders had to legit go up to the microphone and say ¨there is romance in this movie that has nothing to do with the Book of Mormon and should not be given a second thought. If you laugh, you will be escorted out.¨ If you laugh, you will be escorted out.
So the scene where the subplot begins comes around and everyone is dead quiet. Imagine seeing a room full of men in suits and women in formal wear staring emotionless at a screen. The man finds this woman by the river, filling up a jar, and strikes a conversation worthy of youtube cringe compilations. You hear someone snort and the leader shoots a glare at the person.
Then it’s time for the man to leave and the woman says ¨you didn’t even ask for my name.¨ The man replies ¨i already know your name¨.
It explodes. A lecture hall full of God’s servants loses it over this romance that even conservative Utah Mormons realizes is bad. The leader has to run up to the mic and order everyone to be quiet, a poor exasperated person who’s been forced to watch this gag-worthy subplot time and time again, to hear the symphony of people laughing at it’s stupidity countless times.
The saving grace of this movie is that the scene when Christ appears is so heart-warming, you feel yourself getting cleansed from that horrifying heterosexuality.