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'Meet the Mormons' Opens in Theaters Today; Film Challenges Stereotypes of the Religion

Meet the Mormons
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Shedding light on their faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is releasing "Meet the Mormons" to 250 theaters across the U.S. on Friday, Oct. 10.

From director Blair Treu, "Meet the Mormons" is intended to introduce real-life stories of Mormons from around the world in order to debunk myths and clear stereotypes surrounding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The film follows six different Mormons in their everyday life, including a Bishop in Atlanta, Georgia as well as a Mormon couple in Costa Rica who run a martial arts training camp.

"Filmed on location and across the globe, 'Meet the Mormons' takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond," the press release states. "From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith."

Adding entertainment value, "Meet the Mormons" opens with excerpts of popular culture's interpretation of Mormonism, including funny clips from television series such as "The Simpsons," "South Park" and "30 Rock." Furthermore, the film acknowledges common stereotypes, including polygamy, but fails to detail the tenets and controversies associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nevertheless, moviegoers on Twitter are voicing their support for "Meet the Mormons" ahead of the film's release on Friday. Chris Hoke who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers tweeted, "Can't wait to go watch @MeettheMormons at the @Cinemark tonight in Robinson twp. #mormonandproud."

Alternately, other Twitter users poked fun at the cinematic feature, including Kerry who wrote, "Spoiler alert for Meet the Mormons. By the end of the movie they run the entire state and don't let you drink."

"Meet the Mormons" opens in cities across the U.S. on Oct. 10. For a full list of theaters playing "Meet the Mormons," visit the film's website here. Stay tuned to The Christian Post for interviews with the producer and cast of the film.

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