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Covering Obama May. 22nd, 2008 at 4:57 pm

(Update on next screening of Nobody Knows: Saturday June 14th at 12:30 p.m. at the Museum of the African Diaspora, as part of the San Francisco Black Film Festival.)

It’s no secret on the bloggernacle: My family supports Barack Obama. Bruce went to the Utah Democrats’ convention and got a bunch of Obama signs and bumper stickers. Our son put one on Bruce’s car.

Now comes the problem. Or not. We are aware that some people have rather passionate ideas about Democrats, and about Obama in particular. I would guess our neighbors all support McCain. We don’t worry so much about our neighbors, but taking our politics into the Missionary Training Center is another matter. So Bruce has devised a little cover for the bumper sticker, which he puts on as soon as he arrives at the MTC. Read more »

A Soft Answer??? May. 16th, 2008 at 9:03 am

Last weekend, we screened Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons in Boise, Idaho. The response was MOSTLY positive, but I did have an e-mail from an audience member which indicated that all were not satisfied. Since at MM we’ve talked about whether or not to raise controversies in public settings, and how to respond to someone whose views we find — oh, what’s the word — appalling, I thought I’d give everyone some practice.

How would you respond to this (only a snippet of what I received): Read more »

Thoughts on the Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Apr. 7th, 2008 at 7:00 am

This morning, April 4, 2008 — the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., — I attended a small conference in Salt Lake which asked the question, “Did Dr. King die in vain?” The plenary speaker was Julian Bond — and he was eloquent and bold. I was equally taken by the subsequent session, on diversity in education, and the statement from one of the speakers that we were actually starting to retrogress in the education of the most at-risk. I won’t go into detail on that right now, except to say that I found his evidence compelling and disheartening. Nonetheless, the answer to the conference’s question is, “We ain’t where we goin’, but we sure as hell ain’t where we been.” Dr. King did not die in vain.

I drove home at 1:00 p.m., trying to make my 2:00 class. I turned on KSL to listen to traffic reports, and found myself listening to Sean Hannity’s substitute, Kirby Somebody. He took a call from a woman who compared Dr. King with Reverent Jeremiah Wright, and suggested that the two were working on the same wavelength. Read more »

Minus President Hinckley Sep. 6th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

At last, we are able to put a footage trailer for Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons online. However, those who saw it at FAIR or Sunstone will notice one difference: The version on the website does not include President Hinckley’s powerful words from the priesthood session of General Conference, April 2006. Those words are:
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I Love the MTC Jun. 27th, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Elder Holland spoke to us on Tuesday. He chose the most important topic there is: the atonement of Jesus Christ. He quoted Joseph Smith saying that “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven; and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” He also told the missionaries that all of their contacts are potentially golden, because all were valiant in the pre-existence or they wouldn’t be here.
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Summary of The Mormons part II (in case you missed it) May. 2nd, 2007 at 12:04 am

Now that Whitney is dealing with contemporary issues, the program has a very personal feel to it. We’re getting the intimate stories, not just historical commentary. Read more »

A wannabe’s reaction to The Mormons May. 1st, 2007 at 7:55 am

No, I’m not a “wannabe” Mormon; I’m a card-carrying one. But I’m a wannabe documentary maker, so I came to the Helen Whitney’s work from many angles. Read more »

The PBS Documentary Apr. 29th, 2007 at 10:54 pm

We are pleased to present the following guest post written by Margaret Young:

I was interviewed a total of four times by the Helen Whitney crew in preparation for the upcoming PBS documentary—twice in person and twice on the phone. I was never interviewed on camera, but my co-author, Darius Gray, was. I found every interviewer (all female) to be bright, interested, well-prepared, personable, and easy to talk to.

The word “balance” was the touchstone for everyone involved in the documentary. Read more »

Approaching the MTC Apr. 21st, 2007 at 11:49 am

We are pleased to present the following guest post written by Margaret Young:

I am in the process of becoming a former blogger. I haven’t fully extricated myself, but it’s happening. The main motivation for this is that my husband has been called into an MTC branch presidency, serving with missionaries headed for French and Tahitian-speaking missions. (This means I will now learn French.) We will begin serving next week. I simply will not have time for blogging, though I will post an occasional comment, I’m sure. Read more »