Written by Scott Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine
Lexus Broadway in Austin has pulled out all the stops with the most irreverent and wholly unholy presentation of the hit Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon”, written by “South Park”’s Trey stone and Matt Smith and “Frozen”’s Robert Lopez!
As an exuberant army of young men and women are sent throughout all the world to share the glad message of salvation through Jesus Christ, the talented and overly confident Elder Price and the nerdy, pathological lying Elder Cunningham are called to be the most incompatible of companions to serve their two year missions in the war torn, poverty stricken, famine bound, AIDS epidemic ravaged East African country of Uganda.
Utter culture shock and despair overwhelms the eager companions as they realize that the people of their assigned village are much more preoccupied with curing themselves of AIDS and maggot infestations and not being killed or mutilated by a tyrannical warlord than learning about religion.
Feeling forsaken, Elder Price’s lifelong prayers and dream of serving in Orlando Florida in the shadows of Disney World are utterly obliterated before his eyes as he plunges in to an abyss of despair, all the while Elder Cunningham ecstatically receives yet another answer to his prayers by getting Elder Price as his new best friend, who according to mission rules can’t leave him!
All goes awry when Elder Price’s faith waivers and he decides to request a transfer and abandons Elder Cunningham, just when the villagers have been convinced by the young and beautiful Ugandan Nabalungi to listen to the missionaries message, as she clings to her hopeful dream that they all might escape their horrific lives by being baptized and trekking to the Promise Land, Salt Lake City.
Just when Elder Cunningham thinks he’s lost his “obligatory” best friend forever, his pathological lying kicks in to overdrive as he grapples with capturing and keeping the villagers attention with the seemingly irrelevant teachings of the scriptures and low and behold he hysterically creates some uncouth, yet relevant scriptures of his own that incites all of the villagers to choose to be baptized.
Never has any such success as this happened in the Ugandan missionary efforts, which brings recognition to Elder Cunningham by way of a visit from the Mission President, who is unexpectedly sat down and proudly presented a play created and performed by the villagers of their newfound teachings, all of which had barely a glimmer of resemblance to the actual teachings, which infuriates the Mission President who then fiercely reprimands Elder Cunningham and his unwitting fellow missionaries and the villagers.
Amidst incredible feelings of dejection, never will you hear a chorus fill the hall with such angelic hilarity as when the young group of missionaries revolt against their Mission President and band together with the villagers to form their own church based upon the scriptures of Elder Cunningham, bringing a joyous new life to all, including the Prodigal Son, Elder Price!
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