When I picked this show about a gay Mormon, I didn’t know what to expect, but I loved the title and the description, “A tale of secret lives, revealed Scripture, and dildos, I, Nephi recounts the true story of a man reconciling the world of his family with the culture of his sexuality, asking “What’s gained—and lost—embracing who you are?” I mean, how could you not love the title and description?
The Book of Mormon
The show begins with verses from the Book of Mormon about Nephi, son number four of six to Lehi and Sariah who resided in Jerusalem around 600 BC. That’s until God commanded Lehi to build a boat and head west to the promised land. And that’s why Mormon Ancestors are Jewish. Hey Mormons, ever heard of ancesrtry.com?
As they say on South Park, “Dumb da da dumb dumb.” It gets worse, wait until you hear the story of how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.
I don’t want to belabor the point, but something’s amiss in Mormonville. And one of those things amiss is the Mormons stand on homosexuality.
Our Guide, Joseph, we’ll call him Joe; (Yes, he was named after the founder of the Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith) shares how he first learned his religion’s acceptance or lack thereof of homosexuality. He was in his dad’s squad car, officer dad was listening to talk radio and when the host said homosexuality should be accepted dad said, “He’s wrong, it’s a sin.” Son Joe didn’t tell anyone he liked boys.
What Choice Did Joe Have?
Joe was outed when he was a senior in high school, I’ll let him tell you the story, but he came out to his family. He explained that Gay Mormon Men had three choices:
- Celibacy, because homosexuality is a gift from God, you know, like blindness.
- Marry a woman, have children, and hope for the best.
Leaving the church might sound like the best and most logical choice, but that also means leaving your family. Mormons are sealed to their family eternally, here on earth and after. Leaving the religion, losing belief, means leaving those you love for all time. And that’s what this story is really about. I don’t want to be a spoiler, no spoiler alerts here. You’ll have to see and hear for yourself. I promise this young man’s journey will move you.
Next Show Phoenix Theatre Inc.
Monday Aug 21st, 6:00PM
Friday Aug 25th, 9:00PM
Saturday Aug 26th, 4:30PM
Sunday Aug 27th, 1:30PM